Posts for tag: Ingrown Toenail
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.
Ingrown toenails can be very painful, but luckily, most improve with home treatment. If your toenail isn't getting better, minor surgery may be recommended. Drs. Douglas Stabile, Mark Scripps, Richard Derner, Andy Joseph Roussel and Michael Cashdollar are your Lake Ridge, VA foot doctors, and can answer your questions about surgery for ingrown toenails.
When is surgery needed, according to your Lake Ridge, VA doctors?
Surgery may be needed if the ingrown portion of the nail is firmly embedded in your skin or you have developed an infection. Signs of infection include swelling, pus, warmth and redness in your toe. During surgery, your podiatrist removes the strip of toenail that is causing the problem. If you have curved toenails and frequently experience ingrown nails, your doctor may recommend surgery to permanently remove the nail.
What can I expect during toenail surgery?
Your foot doctor will use a local anesthetic to numb your foot before the procedure begins. After the anesthetic takes effect, he'll remove the side of your nail or the entire nail and growth bed, depending on the goal of the surgery.
How will I take care of my toe after surgery?
After surgery, you will need to elevate your foot for a few hours. You may notice that your toe looks bruised, red or swollen. Your foot doctor may give you a special open shoe that supports your foot without putting pressure on your toe. If you don't use the shoe, it's important to wear loose shoes until your toe heals. You'll be able to return to school and work the next day, although you'll want to avoid strenuous exercise or activities for at least two weeks.
It's important to keep the surgical site clean and apply antibiotic ointment and clean bandages twice a day. Over-the-counter pain relievers can decrease pain and swelling. Your doctor may also prescribe an antibiotic if you had an infection.
Ingrown toenail surgery offers an effective way to end your pain. Call Drs. Douglas Stabile, Mark Scripps, Richard Derner, Andy Joseph Roussel and Michael Cashdollar at your Lake Ridge, VA foot doctors, at (703) 491-9500 to make an appointment.
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 properly 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.