Ingrown toenails are among the most common foot problems. Although they are generally not serious, they can become infected and lead to potentially serious complications for people with diabetic foot problems. The podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Center, serving the Ashburn/Leesburg, Fairfax/Burke, Reston/Herndon, and McLean/Great Falls, VA, area, recommend that you schedule an appointment if your ingrown toenail symptoms do not improve on their own within a few days, show signs of infection, or if you suffer from diabetes.
Ingrown Toenail Treatment
There are a few factors that can cause an ingrown toenail. One of the most common culprits is cutting or filing your toenails too short or at an angle, which can cause a jagged edge of the nail to grow into the skin of the toe. A toenail can technically become ingrown in any toe, but they are generally most common in the big toes. Wearing tight, narrow and uncomfortable shoes that squeeze the toes can also increase the risk of developing an ingrown toenail. Other risk factors include:
- Heredity (they can run in families)
- Shape of your toenails/foot anatomy
- Complication from prior foot surgery or treatment
What You Can Do to Protect Your Feet from Ingrown Toenails
Although they may not be 100% avoidable, there are a number of precautions that you can take to avoid the pain and discomfort of ingrown toenails:
- Keep your feet and the space between your toes clean and dry
- Trim toenails straight across and avoid sharp or jagged edges that can grow into the skin
- Wear comfortable, supportive shoes that do not squeeze or crowd the toes
- If you are diabetic, schedule regular visits to a podiatrist for diabetic foot care and check your feet regularly for any issues
Find a Podiatrist in Ashburn/Leesburg, Fairfax/Burke, Reston/Herndon, and McLean/Great Falls
For more information on how to prevent and treat ingrown toenails or other foot and ankle injuries, contact the Family Foot and Ankle Center at 703-723-9267 for Ashburn/Leesburg, 703-273-9818 for Fairfax/Burke, 703-556-8637 for McLean/Great Falls, and 703-723-2719 for Reston/Herndon to schedule an appointment today.