Ingrown nails develop when the sides of a nail grow into surrounding skin. This can be caused by a variety of factors, including badly cut nails, tight-fitting socks or shoes, sweaty feet and fungal infections. Badly cut toenails are considered as those which are cut too short, cut on the edges encouraging skin to grow over nails.
By considering the causes of this condition, it is possible to prevent further instances and avoid ingrown nails.
Accidents and ingrown nails
Injuries caused by stubbing your toe when tripping, slipping or falling, for instance, can also be responsible for in-growing toe nails.
Common symptoms of ingrown toenails
If you are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms, it is likely that you could be suffering from an ingrown nail. Symptoms of ingrowing toenails include:
- Pain when placing pressure onto toes
- Skin inflammations
- Oedema – build-up of fluid
- Hypertrophy – skin overgrowth
Severely infected overgrown nails may also result in yellow or white pus building up around the area.
How to avoid ingrown nails
Wearing properly fitting socks and shoes, washing and drying feet daily and removing dry, hard skin with a pumice stone or foot file all help to prevent ingrown nails. So will ensuring your nails are cut straight across and not too short.
Injuries and ingrown nails
Preventing injuries by slipping, tripping or falling may not be as easy. Slips, trips and falls in public places, for example, can only be prevented if shop, or restaurant owners and others responsible for varying establishments do not neglect their duty of care towards you and other customers.
About the duty of care
In essence, owners of public establishments like shops and restaurants, for instance, have the duty to protect consumers by preventing slips, falls and trips. This includes removing all possible hazards likely to cause falls, slips or trips.
When duty is breached
If this duty is neglected and customers sustain injuries by slipping, tripping or falling, the affected customers may be entitled to make a public liability claim. Should a trip or slip injury later lead to an ingrown nail, this will also be considered when the amount of compensation to be awarded is determined.
Naturally, it will be necessary to provide evidence supporting your claim not only of your initial slip or trip injury, but also of the ingrown nail. It is therefore, necessary to seek medical attention for your injury and, if applicable, your ingrown toe nail. Your medical records will then provide the necessary details concerning your injury, treatments and/or medication you required.
Help with your claim
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Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice