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A 31-year-old male asked:

I have recurring ingrown toenails on my big toe. did shoes cause this? my pedicurist removes the edge but it always returns. the nail is also thicker?

5 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Genetics: There is a familial tendency to ingrown toenails. If this is recurrent see podiatrist dom for permanent procedure with phenol to narrow nails.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 14 years experience
Several causes: You could be having recurrence due to genetics, digital structure, nail structure, shoes, or improper nail grooming. See a foot specialist to find out why and determine if you are a candidate for correction.
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 38 years experience
Aggrevate probably: Chronic ingrown toenails usually will require surgical correction if they persist. This can be performed in the office under local and usually without much, if any, down time. Have you podiatrist evaluate you problem and discuss options. Dr l.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Many possible causes: Ingrown nail could develop due genetics or due to tight shoes, trauma, fungal toenail infections, and incorrect cutting of the nails. One should always try to cut the nails strait across to avoid leaving an embedded nail spicule. If you develop pain or redness get it looked at by a professional.
Dr. Thomas Inwood
Podiatry 35 years experience
Ingrown nail: There are many causes of ingrown nails. The right thing to do is not let your pedicurist care for them. Rather , see your podiatrist for an evaluation and treatment. Only surgical correction will prevent the edge from recurring.

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