Ingrown Toenail - Causes

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What causes ingrown toenails?

The main causes of an ingrown toenail are improper trimming of the toenail, an inherited or hereditary condition, and improper shoe fitting. Injury by overly aggressive pedicures and nail picking are also common causes.

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Comment from: Ingrown toenail, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 19

The problem started with one toe 4 to 5 years back and still I am facing this problem. Now recently, the problem started for the other toe also.

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Comment from: Taking control, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 08

Now I'm worried. I have had one ingrown toenail removed. When the nail grew back it only grew halfway across my toe then began going straight through my toe. I started having a lot of pain and found that it is now growing back toward the opposite side. It is basically cutting off part of my toe. I wonder if the will still be able to remove the nail in the office if it is causing this much damage. I just remember bleeding a lot the first time and this one is causing much more damage.

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