An ingrown nail is a condition in which the nail grows and cuts into one or both sides of the skin or nail bed. A portion of the nail pierces the skin, and may cause irritation, inflammation, or infection. If you have diabetes or vascular issues, you are more susceptible to future health concerns if left untreated. So it’s important to talk to a Fairfax, VA area foot doctor if you experience an ingrown toenail.
• redness around your toenail
• swelling of the toe around the nail
• infection of the tissue around your toenail
• tenderness and pain around one or both sides of the nail
• improper trimming of the nail
• tight fitting footwear
• toe or nail plate trauma – bumping, jamming or dropping something on the toe
• genetics (unusually shaped nail beds and nail deformities)
• bacterial infection
• weight-bearing activities (walking, running)
To help prevent ingrown toenails, you should avoid footwear that is too tight or constrictive. Trim your toenails straight across without going shorter than the surrounding skin. You can also file away the corners if necessary.
Treatment options for ingrown toenails depends on the severity of the condition. Mild treatments involve salt and warm water soaks, antibacterial ointment, or a gutter splint to encourage growth of the nail. In some cases, surgical treatment may be recommended in order to lift or partially remove the nail and tissue causing you toe pain. During your initial appointment, Fairfax VA area podiatrist, Dr. Ross can help you decide on the most appropriate treatment plan for your ingrown toenail.
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This information is not meant as medical advice. It is provided solely for education. Our practice would be pleased to discuss your unique circumstances and needs as they relate to these topics.
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