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I just got surgery on my toe because of an ingrown nail. What causes it and what are the treatment options?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Nails too short

Your great toe tends to be crowded while walking by the side of the shoe and the long 2nd toe in a pinched fashion.
If the nail is cut short enough that the edge is buried by surrounding tissue, the pinching drives the nail edge down creating a small cut.Over time, this will become inflamed.If the nail edge is allowed to grow longer, skin passes under the nail during compression and no cut occurs.

In brief: Nails too short

Your great toe tends to be crowded while walking by the side of the shoe and the long 2nd toe in a pinched fashion.
If the nail is cut short enough that the edge is buried by surrounding tissue, the pinching drives the nail edge down creating a small cut.Over time, this will become inflamed.If the nail edge is allowed to grow longer, skin passes under the nail during compression and no cut occurs.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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In brief: Ingrown nail

You state that you just had surgery for an ingrown nail and are just now asking your options ? This is what you as before you have something done, not after. However , your best option was the one you did , so it worked out.

In brief: Ingrown nail

You state that you just had surgery for an ingrown nail and are just now asking your options ? This is what you as before you have something done, not after. However , your best option was the one you did , so it worked out.
Dr. Thomas Inwood
Dr. Thomas Inwood
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In brief: See below

Ingrown toenails can be caused by trauma, tight shoes, tight socks, incorrect cutting of the nail.
The best treatment is surgical removal of the ingrown section of nail.

In brief: See below

Ingrown toenails can be caused by trauma, tight shoes, tight socks, incorrect cutting of the nail.
The best treatment is surgical removal of the ingrown section of nail.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Dr. Arnold Beresh
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