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Ingrown toenails may begin mildly but can quickly go from bad to worse. This frustrating and painful condition can affect anyone and cause significant issues. Unlike other foot-related conditions, which are often due to genetics or underlying conditions, ingrown toenails are almost always preventable and often come from lifestyle choices like the type of shoes you wear or the way you trim your toenails.
Do I have an ingrown toenail?
Ingrown toenails are easy to spot if you know what to look for. The nail begins to grow inward, curling in on one or both sides of the toenail and digging into the skin. An ingrown nail may begin with mild pain and discomfort and end up advancing quickly, producing symptoms like severe pain, difficulty walking, or even infection — which produces its own set of symptoms such as pus drainage or fever.
How can I prevent an ingrown toenail?
Preventing an ingrown toenail often boils down to the way you trim your nails and care for your feet. Always cut the nail straight across the top and never round off the corners to ensure that the nail grows straight. Wearing too-tight or narrow shoes which place pressure onto the toe can also contribute an ingrown toenail. Additionally, always keep your feet dry and clean and wear fresh socks daily.
Treating Ingrown Toenails
There are home remedies that may help stop the pain caused by ingrown toenails, such as soaking the foot in a warm foot bath and wearing better fitting footwear. Your podiatrist may be able to prescribe antibiotics to help avoid infection. In some cases, surgery by your podiatrist may be necessary. It's important to consult your doctor to see which method is best for you.
If you think you have an ingrown toenail or need help learning to better prevent them, a podiatrist can help you determine the best plan to healthier feet. Consulting with your foot doctor at regular foot examinations can help ensure that your feet stay healthy and pain-free for years to come.
In many cases, ingrown toenails can be successfully treated at home. Unfortunately, sometimes your symptoms worsen no matter what home remedies you try. The Ashburn, Fairfax, McLean and Reston, VA., podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Center discuss when it's important to seek professional treatment for your ingrown toenail.
You have diabetes
If you have diabetes, call your foot doctor as soon as you notice the first signs and symptoms of an ingrown toenail. Although freeing the trapped edge of a nail may seem like a minor matter, people who have diabetes are more likely to develop infections due to cuts and breaks in the skin. If your nail pierces the skin at the side of your toe, an infection can occur fairly quickly. It's best to be safe and visit your podiatrist when you develop an ingrown toenail.
You can't free the trapped nail edge
Freeing a trapped nail edge is often as simple as soaking your foot in warm water for 30 minutes and gently prying the corner of your nail free with a small piece of cotton. If your nail is firmly embedded in the skin, it may be impossible to remove it yourself. Attempting to force the nail free can injure your toe and nail and may even cause an infection.
You have an infection
Infections can spread from your toe to the rest of your foot and your leg if you don't receive prompt treatment with antibiotics. If you have an infection, your toe may be in pain and you might notice that it looks swollen and red. In some cases, you may see pus around the nail.
Ingrown toenails occur frequently
Some people are prone to developing ingrown toenails. The problem can occur if your toenails are curved, you wear tight shoes, you have a chronic fungal infection or you frequently injure your toes when you play sports. Your Ashburn, Fairfax, McLean, Reston VA., podiatrists can offer treatments that will help you avoid future ingrown toenails.
Get back on your feet with professional ingrown toenail care! Call the podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Center in Ashburn, Fairfax, McLean, Reston VA., at any of the following offices to schedule an appointment:
Ashburn, VA - (703) 723-9267
Fairfax, VA - (703) 273-9818
McLean, VA - (703) 556-8637
Reston, VA - (703) 723-2719