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Old 07-11-2016, 07:30 PM
Location: too far from the sea
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I got an ingrown toenail once from wearing pointy toed shoes and cutting my toenails so they were rounded. It was very painful and I could hardly walk. It took a foot doctor to fix it and he told me to always cut toenails straight across.
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Old 07-11-2016, 09:22 PM
Location: Lake Norman, NC
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Originally Posted by lunetunelover View Post
You can definitely treat an ingrown toenail on your own, but I would highly recommend seeing a doctor to be sure and to have them tell you how to cut your toenails correctly and how to keep the problem at bay.

They can get bad, I've had both big toes "fixed"...but if someone had told me how to do it all the right way, I could have avoided all that mess.
I had my big toe done when I was 18 and I swear that if I ever get another ingrown, I'll learn to live with it before getting that treatment done again!!! They can call me a wussy or whatever they'd like, but my mind is made up.
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Old 07-12-2016, 12:12 AM
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Go see the podiatrist.
Once your toe is healed, DON'T CUT THE NAIL SHORT!!
By trial and error, I figured out that cutting my toenails too short caused ingrown toenails.
Taught my husband the same thing, and now he no longer has them either.
Also, it helps to wear shoes that fit properly.
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Old 07-12-2016, 06:03 AM
Location: Ft. Myers
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I've battled one ingrown big toe nail for years and have kept cutting it and pulling the offending portion off myself. But when I was at the foot Dr for Plantar treatment, he said he could chemically kill that nail so a new one would grow back to replace it. He said it was a simple procedure.

I think I have reached the point where I can no longer solve it myself, so I may have to go that route. I have been buying myself about 2 weeks of pain free time, then it starts growing back in again. That is getting old, so maybe time to fix it once and for all (hopefully)

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