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In every life, a little rain must fall. Sometimes, that rain comes in the form of a bothersome ingrown toenail.
In most cases, an ingrown toenail is a minor problem and can often be treated at home. There are some cases, however, when you should definitely come in to see us for treatment.
What Causes Ingrown Toenails?
Knowing what is responsible for an ingrown toenail occurring is a big step in helping to prevent the condition from returning.
A few common causes of ingrown toenails exist, so it’s important to review them all when determining a treatment plan. These are the first items we tend to consider:
- Shoes that have too little room in the toe box can cause the toes to cram together, resulting in nails growing awry.
- Improper nail trimming. Trimming your nails with too much of a curve or too close to the nail bed can cause train the nails to grow inward.
- Injury to the nail (whether from direct blunt force or repetitive sliding against the front of the shoe) can cause it to regrow improperly.
- In some cases, there is a family history of having naturally curving toenails. There are no external factors to blame here; it’s just the way you were born.
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In some cases, especially when an ingrown nail keeps returning, we may consider a minor surgical procedure to remove part of the nail. The underlying nail bed can be treated to prevent nail tissue from ever growing there again, essentially eliminating the problem for good.