Ingrown Toenails: How to Properly Treat Them

By Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia
September 16, 2014
Category: Podiatry
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Ingrown Toenails: How to Properly Treat Them

Onychocryptosis. Even the name is horrible. The “crypt” part evokes the dankness and darkness of a long-forgotten tomb and sends shivers down the spine. So what does this foul word mean, in layman’s terms? An ingrown toenail, which is just about as horrible as the medical term implies. Read on to find out how the podiatry professionals at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC recommend you properlyIngrown Toenail treat this painful foot problem.

Choose your footwear wisely

You may not have been wearing the best shoes for the health of your feet and that could be why you’re in this situation in the first place. While hindsight is 20-20, you’re in the here and now and you still have the opportunity to make good decisions about what you wear on your feet. Your Lake Ridge and Stafford podiatrists want you to avoid shoes and socks that are too tight and put a lot of pressure on your feet. It goes without saying, but pointed shoes or ones that narrow greatly at the toes should not be worn while you have an ingrown toenail.

Maintain fancy feet

Keep your feet and toenails clean at all times. Toes trapped in sweaty socks and shoes all day are breeding grounds for bacteria. If you can, keep your feet dry at all times. It is a good idea to soak the foot in warm water several times a day. This will both help the wound heal and alleviate some pain. Also be sure to cut toenails straight across, with no rounded corners, to prevent toenails from growing into the flesh of the toe.

If it’s infected

If the ingrown toenail becomes infected, don’t fret. Symptoms of an infection include heat, redness, increased pain, swelling and development of pus around the site. Visit your Lake Ridge and Stafford foot doctors, who will be able to assess the situation and may prescribe antibiotics or a soak and antiseptic regimen. In severe cases, your podiatrist may recommend partial removal of the toenail.

While ingrown toenails are a, quite literal, pain, they are both avoidable and treatable. Despite their grim-sounding scientific name, they are a common foot problem that your trusted podiatrists at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC are happy to help you take care of. If you have any more questions about ingrown toenails or the health of your feet, contact your Lake Ridge and Stafford foot care providers today.