Recently, I started noticing one of my big toenails was feeling sore.

I’m not one to have ingrown nails or nail infection, but there has definitely been some irritation there!  This got me to thinking – what did I do? The best answer I came up with was that I have been wearing socks that are too tight. The socks or shoes we wear may change our nail shape over time, but within just a few days, it more likely put pressure on a nail that was already curved. When we stand, most of the time our toes will splay and this can prevent irritation to nails adjacent one another, but can cause irritation where the nails butts against the shoe. A constricting sock or (in many of our patients’ cases) compression stockings can put the toes in such close proximity that inflammation develops to adjacent nail borders.

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