Posts for category: Foot Care
Relieve Pain, Correct Deformities and Restore Function with Foot Surgery
- Head procedures that treat the big toe joint
- Base procedures concentrate on the bone near or behind the big toe joint.
How to Avoid Pesky Ingrown Toenails
Self-Care for Ingrown Toenails
- Soak your foot in warm water several times a day to relieve swelling and soreness
- Wash and dry your foot to keep the affected area clean
- Wear comfortable footwear with a wide toe box, or sandals when weather permitting
- Avoid cutting the nail as this can make the condition worse
- Over-the-counter medications may temporarily ease the pain, but don’t heal the underlying problem
Preventing Ingrown Toenails is Easy
- Wear proper fitting shoes and socks that allow for adequate toe room
- Trim your toenails straight across and avoid cutting them too short
- Keep your feet clean and dry as this prevents bacteria-formation
Infants and Toddlers
Proper Shoes for Your Children
- Walking barefoot in wet public areas. Walking without shoes in swimming pools, showers or gyms can increase your chances of a fungal infection.
- Sweating heavily. If your feet are constantly sweaty, fungus will be more likely to survive and thrive near your toes in your shoe.
- Diabetes. Diabetes restricts the flow of blood to the extremities. Because of this, your immune system will be less prepared to fight off the fungal infection.
- Poor shoes. If you wear shoes that do not ventilate or effectively absorb perspiration well, fungus will be able to thrive near your feet.
Options To Treat Fungal Toenails
Do you have painful, tender ingrown toenails that make simply walking difficult? Even if they're not that bad yet, leaving ingrown nails untreated can lead to trouble getting around, or even the full removal of the nail.
At Family Foot and Ankle Center, you'll find final foot relief for your pesky ingrown toenail symptoms.Sometimes, ingrown toenails are caused by people trimming their toenails too short or too much shoe pressure from ill-fitting footwear. But other common causes of ingrown toenails include:
- fungus infection
- poor foot structure
Regardless of how the infection begins, ingrown toenails can become painful in a hurry, first feeling swollen and tender before manifesting themselves as painful, red, and infected as surrounding skin begins to grow over the affected nail.
Check out a few tips on ingrown toenail prevention below, followed by do-it-yourself relief options offered by the helpful podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Center:
Ingrown Toenail Prevention
Keep your feet free from ingrown toenail infections by:
- Trimming toenails from end-to-end-- without rounded corners.
- Only wearing footwear that fits properly.
- Washing your feet regularly, particularly after engaging in an activity that gets them dirty.
Ingrown Toenail Relief
You can provide relief for already incurred ingrown toenails by remembering to:
- Soak your feet in warm, soapy water at least twice daily.
- Stop wearing ill-fitting footwear.
- Take prescribed antibiotics-- some medication can be of aid in the fight against ingrown toenail infections.
- Come see your trusted podiatrist, who might suggest surgical removal of some or all of the ingrown toenail in severe cases.
Regardless of why or how your ingrown toenails came to be, the painful results are often the same - but they don't have to be! Trust the gentle hands of your podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Center, right here Reston, VA. We also offer convenient locations in Fairfax , McLean, and Ashburn. Give us a call at (703) 723-2719 today, for full foot relief that starts now!