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By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
May 01, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Ingrown toenails are among the most common foot problems. Although they are generally not serious, they can become infected and lead ingrown toenailto 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)
  • Infections
  • 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.

By Family Foot and Ankle Center
December 31, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Toenails look fairly harmless, but they can cause extreme pain if they become ingrown. Ingrown nails can be so painful that it's difficult to wear shoes or walk comfortably. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to prevent them. Family Foot and Ankle Center, your podiatrists in Reston, Fairfax, Ashburn and Mclean, share some important information on ingrown toenail prevention.

What are ingrown toenails?

Ingrown toenails occur when the edge of a nail grows into the skin surrounding it. They often occur on big toes, but can happen on any of your toenails. If the nail continues to grow into the skin, pain, redness and infection can occur.

What causes the problem?

Ingrown toenails can occur due to the following reasons:

  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Cutting toenails too short or not cutting them in a straight line
  • Nail injuries
  • Fungal infections that thicken toenails
  • A family history of ingrown toenails (Curved toenails tend to run in some families.)

How can I prevent ingrown toenails?

Clipping toenails in a straight line is the most important step you can take to prevent ingrown toenail pain. When you round the corners of the nails, it's much easier for them to grow into your skin. It's also important to wear comfortable shoes, treat toenail fungus as soon as you notice it, and examine your feet every day for signs of ingrown nails. If you find any problems, call your Reston, Fairfax, Ashburn and Mclean podiatrists right away!

What do I do if I have an ingrown toenail?

Ingrown toenails can be treated at home in the early stages. If you notice that your toenail has started to grow into your skin, use a nail file to gently pry the nail free. Soak your foot in warm water for 15 minutes to reduce swelling, then place a small piece of cotton under the nail. The cotton will prevent the nail from growing into the skin again.

It's also a good idea to apply an antibiotic ointment to prevent infection. See a foot doctor if the nail is too deeply embedded and you can't remove the edge yourself or you have severe pain or signs of an infection.

Do you have an ingrown toenail or any other foot ailment? Call the Reston, Fairfax, Ashburn and Mclean Podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Center at (703) 723-2719 and schedule an appointment today. Don't let an ingrown toenail keep you off your feet!

By Family Foot and Ankle Center
April 30, 2015
Category: Foot Care

How to Avoid Pesky Ingrown Toenails

An ingrown toenail is a common and painful condition of the toes that occurs when one or both sides of the nail break through and grow into the skin of the toe rather than over it. As a result, the irritatedIngrown Toenails skin becomes painful, red and swollen. Fortunately, when detected early, an ingrown can generally be treated effectively from home. But when left untreated, an ingrown toenail is prone to infection as bacteria can enter the penetrated skin. Professional treatment from your podiatrist will be necessary to treat the infection. 

Self-Care for Ingrown Toenails

Regardless of the cause, understanding how to care for an ingrown toenail can go a long way to prevent painful infections. In its earliest stage, an ingrown toenail can generally be cared for and successfully treated from home. For non-infected nails: 
  • 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
Conservative treatments won’t always be successful.  When excessive swelling, pain or discharge is present, the toenail is most likely infected and should be treated by your podiatrist.  If you have diabetes or nerve damage, avoid home treatment and see your podiatrist for safe and professional care. 

Preventing Ingrown Toenails is Easy

With a few simple precautions, you can easily prevent ingrown toenails. 
  • 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
Ingrown toenails are a very common condition of the toes. The key to avoiding ingrown toenails is to prevent them from occurring in the first place.  For infected nails, visit us in Ashburn, Fairfax, Reston or McLean, VA for treatment, such as an oral antibiotic or a minor surgical procedure to stop the pain and remove the infection.  
By Family Foot and Ankle Center
March 25, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Toenail Fungus 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:

  • injury
  • fungus infection
  • heredity
  • 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!

By Family Foot and Ankle Center
September 01, 2011
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Ingrown ToenailsIngrown toenails, also known as onychocryptosis, can be embarrassing, annoying and painful. This common condition occurs when the surrounding skin on one or both sides of the nail grows over the edges of the nail, or when the nail itself penetrates the skin. As the nail digs into the skin, redness, swelling, and pain are often the result.

People develop ingrown toenails for various reasons. Poor nail-trimming is the most common cause, as this encourages the skin to fold over the nail. Other causes include trauma, such as stubbing a toe, or skin conditions, such as fungal infections or nails that are simply too large. In some cases, the condition may even be inherited. Poor-fitting shoes generally aggravate the condition, making it worse.

Many cases of ingrown toenails may be prevented by:

  • Wearing well-fitted shoes and socks
  • Protecting feet from trauma when possible
  • Trimming toenails straight across and avoiding repeated trimming of the nail borders
  • Keeping feet clean and dry to prevent infection

If an infection is not suspected of your ingrown, it can usually be safely treated from home by soaking your foot in warm water. Avoid "bathroom surgery" and repeated cutting of the nail as this will only make the condition worse.

When attempts to reduce your symptoms from home fail, or when pain, inflammation, swelling or discharge accompany your ingrown, the toenail is most likely infected and should be treated by a podiatrist at our Fairfax office. People with diabetes, nerve damage or poor circulation should always seek care immediately if an ingrown nail is detected, regardless of the severity.

A podiatrist can examine the affected toe and determine the best treatment for your condition. For an infection, an antibiotic may be prescribed. Other treatments may involve trimming or removing the infected nail with a minor in-office surgical procedure.

Ingrown toenails may be annoying, but rest assured that they can easily be prevented and treated with the help of your podiatrist. If you think you have an ingrown toenail, visit Family Foot and Ankle Center for quick and easy treatment.

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