Are You Struggling with Ingrown Toenails?
An ingrown nail is troublesome enough when it happens on the nails of your hands. When it happens on the feet, it can create much more difficult complications and symptoms, including acute pain and infected wounds. If you are struggling with ingrown toenails, contact a foot doctor at Alexandria Family Podiatry in Alexandria and Sterling, VA—they can help ease symptoms and prevent the problem from happening again.
The Causes of Ingrown Toenails
Nails normally grow in straight and above the skin, providing a layer of protection to the toe. However, according to statistics published by the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association, about five percent of Americans have problems with nails that grow into the skin instead. This is a foot condition termed an ingrown toenail, and it can become a chronic problem for many people. It is most often caused by either cutting the nails too short or regularly wearing shoes that pinch the toenails when walking or standing. You may also be prone to ingrown toenails because of a foot deformity or heredity.
Getting Rid of Ingrown Toenails
Your foot doctor in Alexandria and Sterling, VA, can help you if you have an ingrown toenail, especially if it has become red, infected, and painful. These are some treatments:
- Minor surgical removal of part of the nail.
- Laser therapy.
- Antibiotic therapy if there’s an infection.
- Orthopedic shoes if the toenail requires much more room when you’re walking.
No More Ingrown Toenails
There are simple actions you can take to decrease the chance that you’ll have ingrown toenails in the future. Follow these tips:
- Learn how to clip your toenails the right way: straight across and a couple of millimeters above the line where the nail and skin meet. Avoid clipping the corners.
- Wear socks and shoes that fit comfortably.
- Keep your feet/toes clean and moisturized.
Protect Your Toes, Nails, and Feet
Taking your foot and toenail health seriously will help you avoid problems with ingrown toenails. Get advice and help from a foot doctor at Alexandria Family Podiatry in Alexandria and Sterling, VA, by dialing (703) 823-2357 to set an appointment. Dr. Richard Lee and Dr. Steven Lin are here to provide you with quality foot care.