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Dealing with ingrown toenails rather regularly? Find out what’s going on.
You were putting your shoes on when ouch! You noticed that the edge of your big toenail is a bit sore and perhaps even a little swollen and red. You could be dealing with an ingrown toenail. If you find yourself dealing with this issue rather regularly then it may have you wondering what could be going on. Our Alexandria and Sterling, VA, podiatrists Dr. Richard Lee and Dr. Steven Lin are here to tell you more.
What is an ingrown toenail?
An ingrown toenail is when the edge or corner of the toenail grows into the skin. While this can happen to any toenail it most commonly occurs in the big toe. Just looking at the toenail you should be able to see if the corner of the nail is sticking into the skin. Redness, swelling, and discomfort may also result. If there is drainage around the nail or if the skin is warm to the touch, these are signs of infection and you should call our Alexandria and Sterling foot doctors immediately.
What causes an ingrown toenail?
There are many habits that could play into your likelihood of developing an ingrown toenail. Common causes include:
- Damage or trauma to the nail (this is common if you play sports)
- Persistent or severe fungal infections of the toenail (it causes the nail to thicken)
- Improper nail trimming techniques
- Poorly fitted or tight-fitted shoes
You might be wondering how someone could trim toenails incorrectly; after all, it seems a rather easy habit. However, if you trim your toenails too short or if you trim the nails so they are curved then you are increasing your risk for an ingrown toenail. Trim nails straight across and make sure not to cut them too short.
Also, if you are someone who wears high heels a lot, or wears shoes that bunch up your toes and put pressure on them then you may also find yourself dealing with this issue more often. Make sure you are only wearing shoes that have a wide toe box and that don’t put pressure on areas of your feet.
Alexandria Family Podiatry in Sterling and Alexandria, VA, is here to provide your feet with the care they need to look and feel their best. No matter whether you are dealing with ingrown toenails, bunions, or heel pain, our expert team is here for you.
Sooner or later, most of us develop a foot issue. Although many foot problems can be successfully treated at home, ingrown toenails and other conditions may require a visit to the foot doctor. Sterling and Alexandria, VA, podiatrists Dr. Richard Lee and Dr. Steven Lin share information on common foot issues.
Ingrown toenails occur when the sharp edge of nail begins to grow into the skin surrounding the nail. In the early stages, you may be able to free the trapped nail by soaking the foot in warm water and inserting a tiny piece of cotton under the nail. If you can't free the nail yourself, the edge of the nail can be removed during a minor procedure in our Sterling or Alexandria offices. If ingrown toenails occur frequently, removing the entire nail may be recommended.
You'll find no shortage of toenail fungus products in the foot care aisle of the drugstore. Unfortunately, these products aren't always effective because they can't reach the fungus present underneath the nail. Prescription topical or oral medications can be more effective. The newest option in toenail fungus treatment is laser light therapy. The light from the laser heats up the pigment in the fungus, killing it. Our practice was one of the first in the area to offer the innovative treatment.
If you wear high heels to work, you may be at increased risk of developing bunions. Bunions are painful bumps that form at the base of your big toes. The problem can also occur if you wear tight shoes, have a foot imbalance or have injured your foot. Switching to more comfortable shoes and splinting or taping your foot may decrease pain. If your bunions are very uncomfortable, surgery may be needed to realign your bones.
Plantar fasciitis causes pain in your heels due to an inflammation of the plantar fascia. The fascia is a band of tissue that connects your toes to your heel. Foot exercise, night splints and orthotics can reduce the pain in most cases. Although surgery isn't common, it may be needed if your symptoms are severe.
Are you concerned about ingrown toenails or another foot issue? Call Sterling and Alexandria, VA, podiatrists Dr. Richard Lee and Dr. Steven Lin at (708) 823-2357 to make an appointment.
Ingrown toenails are a common, painful condition in which the side of a nail grows into the flesh. Dr. Richard Lee and Dr. Steven Lin at Alexandria Family Podiatry in Sterling and Alexandria, VA, offer state-of-the-art treatments for ingrown nails. Read on to find out how to treat your ingrown toenails.
1. Foot Soak
A homemade foot soak is often recommended as the first step for an infected toenail before prescription medication can be obtained. Soak your foot in a salt water foot bath for 15 minutes and cover the area with a bandage.
If you have an ingrown toenail, make an appointment with a Sterling or Alexandria podiatrist. If an infection is present, antibiotics may be prescribed. If your podiatrist has prescribed a course of antibiotics, be sure to take all of the medication, even if your symptoms have improved.
3. Lifting the Nail
For an ingrown nail, your foot doctor may carefully lift the nail edge and place a splint or cotton under it. This separates the toenail from the overlying skin and helps the toenail grow above the skin edge.
Your podiatrist might suggest minor surgery to remove all or part of the ingrown toenail. After applying a local anesthetic, your foot doctor will remove part of the nail’s side border. Following the procedure, your foot doctor will cover the area with a bandage. Most patients experience very little discomfort after the procedure.
Say goodbye to that ingrown toenail for good! Call Alexandria Family Podiatry at (703) 823-2357 right now to schedule an appointment in Sterling or Alexandria, VA. Get your life back on track by receiving the best ingrown toenail treatment available.