Ingrown Nail

Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers -  - Podiatry

Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers

Podiatry & Foot & Ankle Surgery located in Lake Ridge, VA & Stafford, VA

If you cut your toenails too short, wear snug-fitting shoes, or simply have inherited curved nails, you can develop painful ingrown toenails. Since an ingrown nail is prone to infection, the dedicated podiatry team at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers provide flexible scheduling for in-office treatments in Lake Ridge and Stafford, Virginia. Get relief from sore and inflamed ingrown toenails by booking an evaluation online or over the phone at either office.

Ingrown Nail Q & A

What are the symptoms of an ingrown toenail?

Any of your toenails can become ingrown, although in most cases, it’s the nail on your big toe that becomes ingrown. If your toenail becomes ingrown on one or both sides, you’ll start noticing:

  • Bleeding, oozing, and/or pus
  • Redness or warmth to the touch
  • Tenderness from the slightest pressure

An ingrown toenail can become so sore and swollen that even putting on socks or slippers can cause discomfort.

Do I need to see a podiatrist for an ingrown toenail?

Yes. An ingrown toenail is never something you should try to treat on your own because the lack of blood flow in your ankles and feet can increase your risk of slow-healing wounds and infections. These concerns are worse if you have diabetes.

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail infection can spread into your foot bones and become very serious. It’s important to see a podiatrist at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers if you have an ingrown toenail to treat any infection you have and to find the cause, so you can prevent further ingrown toenails.

How are ingrown toenails treated?

Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers provides personalized ingrown toenail treatments designed to ease pain and inflammation quickly while targeting any infection you might have developed. Your ingrown toenail treatment can include:

  • Placing a splint underneath your toenail to force it to grow away from your skin
  • Applying topical antibiotic ointments or taking antibiotic medications to treat infections
  • Numbing your toe and trimming away the ingrown part of your toenail

For more serious ingrown toenails, your dedicated podiatrist at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers can do surgery to remove your ingrown nail’s root and prevent regrowth. Usually, this treatment is only recommended if you have ongoing ingrown toenail issues, often due to having overly curved toenails.

Once your podiatrist treats your ingrown toenail, they counsel you on preventive measures. Wearing shoes with plenty of room in the toe box, trimming your toenails straight across, and wearing socks anytime you wear shoes are all important for ingrown toenail prevention.

You can get started on your ingrown toenail treatment at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers right away. Book an appointment online or over the phone today.