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Family Foot Care & Surgery, LLC

Why does my ingrown toenail keep coming back?

Unfortunately, sometimes an ingrown toenail keeps coming back. This may be related to your footwear, how you care for your nail, or the natural shape of the hard tissue. Too-tight shoes contribute to ingrown nail formation, so if you continue to wear shoes that do not fit properly as you heal, the nail may simply curve into your toe again. You need to continue to keep your nails cleaned, trimmed, and protected, too. That way, as your nail redevelops, it grows straight instead of curling. One of the most common causes, however, is the natural shape of the nail. Sometimes people are born with nails that may grow too big for their toes, or have too much sideways curve. These nails are far more likely to grow inward repeatedly.

There are procedures to help permanently correct painful nail problems. If your ingrown nail keeps coming back, set up an appointment at Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. in Milford or Hamden, CT. Submit a request through our website to reach us. You can also call either office: (203) 876-7736 for Milford, or (203) 288-4055 for Hamden.

Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
Dr. Patel has over 20 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.