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Understanding Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are a painful and common condition that occurs when the edge of the toenail grows into the surrounding skin. Several factors contribute to their development, including improper nail trimming, wearing ill-fitting shoes, injury, or genetic predisposition. Treatments for ingrown toenails vary depending on the severity. Mild cases can often be managed by soaking the foot in warm water and gently lifting the nail. However, more severe or recurrent cases may require medical attention from a podiatrist, including partial nail removal or antibiotics to address the infection. Prevention is the key to avoiding ingrown toenails. This consists of proper nail trimming techniques, wearing comfortable footwear with enough toe room, and avoiding foot injuries. If you have an ingrown toenail, it is strongly suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can effectively treat this condition.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, PC. Our practitioners can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.


  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.


Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.


Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Gainesville and Dulles, VA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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