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    I have a history or ingrowing toenails- will this be the case for my adult life or is there something to do to correct this?

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    Anthony Short

    Podiatrist (General)

    Anthony Short BAppSc(Pod) MPod hold both Bachelor and Master level degrees in podiatry, and works in private practice, hospital and educational positions within Brisbane. His … View Profile

    Ingrown toenails tend to have two peaks of incidence - in teenage years when adolescents are active with sports, and then later in life when physical injury to the nail can cause increasing levels of deformity and pain. Sometimes, ingrown toenails are a ‘one-off’ event caused by incorrect nail cutting, or poor hygiene, which can resolve with simple care.
    However, if there is significant deformity of the nail plate (called involution or convolution), then it is likely to be a chronic problem that might require surgical correction - particularly if frequent infections occur. See a podiatrist for advice on the best management of this problem.

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