I have been plagued with ingrown toenails for the past few years. I tried to remove the ingrown part of the nail on my own, but I couldn't seem to get the nail clippers down far enough, as the ingrown part was very close to the bottom of my toenail. I went to the podiatrist and he said that there could be a number of causes of ingrown toenails, such as genetics, improper shoe size/fit, or not trimming the nail properly. Sometimes, none of these applies, and it still happens. I just happen to be one of those cases. Anyhow, the options are to try to take care of it yourself by the soak/trim method, or go to a podiatrist (that way you don't risk too much pain or the possibility of an infection). The podiatrist will either cut the nail with a special type of trimmers, and clip off the intruding edge, or there are other options as well. In my case, he injected an anesthetic into my toe in two places, and then cut a straight line down my toenail all the way to the bottom. It takes less than a day to recover, and your problem should be solved for at least a few months. He said it's also possible for a total nail removal, or to inject a chemical to stunt the future growth of nail in that particular area. I understand that this is a home remedy site, so most people probably wouldn't opt for that. Neither would I, personally. But it's definitely something to think about if this is a recurring problem.
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