Do shoes cause ingrown toenails?

No they do not.  Shoes can aggravate the ingrown toenail and cause increased pain to the area.  If a shoe is too small it can cause increased pressure and the toenail may puncture the skin resulting in an abscess, or pus, forming with redness and pain.

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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle