Conditions affecting your feet can quickly begin to hinder the ability to get through your day with normal tasks like running, walking, or even just standing. Some conditions, like ingrown toenails, can become very painful and, if left untreated, cause an infection of the toe. Luckily, ingrown toenails are preventable and treatable with help from your podiatrist. Learn more about preventing ingrown toenails with Dr. Mukesh Bhakta at Prince William Foot and Ankle Center with locations in Gainesville, VA, and South Riding, VA.
What is an ingrown toenail?
An ingrown toenail occurs when the nail grows curled down into the soft skin around it, causing pain, irritation, and even infection. Most ingrown toenails happen on the big toes. Ingrown toenails can occur due to various reasons, from wearing ill-fitting shoes which place pressure onto the toenail to cutting your toenails improperly. Those who suffer from diabetes or other conditions which restrict blood flow should be extra aware of ingrown toenails as the reduced blood flow can make feeling pain more difficult, resulting in an untreated condition which could result in a serious infection.
How can I prevent future ingrown toenails?
Taking good care of your feet is an important part of your daily routine. Be sure to always trim your toenails straight across, taking care not to round the corners. Wear shoes with plenty of room in the toe box for your toes to lay comfortably and flat. Avoid wearing narrow, tight, or high-heeled shoes. Always change your socks daily and after any activities that cause excessive perspiration to avoid bacteria and infections.
Ingrown Toenail Treatments in Gainesville, VA, and South Riding, VA
Ingrown toenails are usually easy to identify, with symptoms such as:
- pain and tenderness along the side of the toenail
- swelling of the tissue around the toenail
- redness around the toe
- infection which may cause discharge to flow from the toe
If you think you have an ingrown toenail, you should see your doctor as soon as possible to determine the best treatment plan for you. For more information on ingrown toenails, please contact Dr. Mukesh Bhakta at Prince William Foot and Ankle Center with locations in Gainesville, VA, and South Riding, VA. Call 703-753-3338 to schedule your appointment at the Gainesville, VA, location or 703-753-3338 to schedule your appointment at the South Riding, VA, location today!