A returning ingrown toenail is a surprisingly common problem. It has to do with how your nail grows. Your toenail becomes ingrown when it grows sideways and outward into the skin around it, pinching or piercing the soft tissue. If your footwear squeezes your toes, it can influence the nail to curl. Sometimes changing your shoes may be enough to relieve the pressure on your toes so that the nail grows straight. However, a nail growth abnormality may mean your nail is unable to grow correctly. In that case, you may need a procedure to permanently remove the offending portion of the nail so it isn’t able to grow inward again.
If you’re struggling with a painful, returning ingrown toenail, you do need to change something for long-term relief. Contact Sierra Foot & Ankle for an appointment or more information about taking care of your toenails. You can reach our Carson City, NV office by calling (775) 783-8037 or filling out the online contact form.