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By Lake Ridge Podiatry
August 30, 2022
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: ingrown toenails  

When you trim your toenails too short or you wear shoes that tend to squeeze your toes, you’re putting yourself at risk for developing ingrown toenails. Ingrown toenails can be painful and can cause infections to occur. It’s important to take care of your feet and find out how you can reduce some of the pain that you might receive from an ingrown toenail. Dr. Ranieri at Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA, can explain how you can stop suffering from ingrown toenails and how to prevent them from happening again in the future.

How to Deal with Ingrown Toenails

When you’re dealing with an ingrown toenail, the nail is growing into the side of the skin, and it can be painful and cause infection. This often occurs because the toenails have been trimmed too short and begin to grow incorrectly. They can become sore and red and skin might start to grow over the ingrown nail.

Luckily, it’s fairly simple to relieve pain from an ingrown toenail at home. You should be sure to soak the foot in warm, soapy water several times a day and avoid wearing tight shoes and socks. If there’s an infection with your ingrown toenails, your podiatrist in Woodbridge, VA, may prescribe an antibiotic to stop that infection.

In severe cases, you may need to remove part of the toenail so that it can start over and grow correctly. It’s important to prevent ingrown toenails by making sure that you cut your nails straight across and avoid rounded corners. You should also make sure that your shoes and socks properly fit and that your feet stay clean.

Contact Your Podiatrist Today

Don’t suffer from the pain of an ingrown toenail. Contact Dr. Ranieri at Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA, to learn how you can deal with ingrown toenails. Call for more information and to schedule an appointment at (703) 491-2603.

By Lake Ridge Podiatry
July 13, 2022
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: ingrown toenails  

An ingrown toenail can be an annoyance or a passing discomfort in the early stages, but can quickly become a serious problem if allowed to progress without treatment. Although for mild cases at-home care is an option, for many circumstances you will want to turn to your Woodbridge, VA, podiatrist for help. Some of the dangers of improper treatment will be outlined below, as well as proper safety, but to learn more about ingrown nails you can get in contact with Dr. Gerard Ranieri of Lake Ridge Podiatry.


Even in early stages, you can experience pain from an ingrown toenail as it pushes into your skin with just the pressure of walking.

The problem begins as your nail begins to grow into adjacent skin which can be visibly seen. At this stage, if it isn't very painful, you can simply trim the nail. But it can quickly become infected causing redness at the site, swelling, sometimes bleeding and oozing, and certainly increasing pain the longer it lasts.

An infection can threaten not only your toenail but also the bone beneath, and your overall health if it becomes serious enough. If you suffer from diabetes these complications can be even more severe. Treating an ingrown toenail that's become infected is inadvisable and dangerous.


At the first sign of infection, it's important to see your podiatrist for treatment, they can trim back the nail and may treat it so it doesn't grow back into the skin.

Severe cases may need either a partial or complete nail removal, especially also if you have had recurring ingrown toenail problems. In these cases, it's usually best to start again with a new nail, although it may take some time to grow back, often over a year.

Ingrown Toenails in Woodbridge, VA

Consult with your podiatrist for the best way to trim your nails, avoid footwear that bunches your toes, and practice proper foot hygiene to prevent future ingrown toenails.

For help treating ingrown toenails, you can schedule a consultation in Woodbridge, VA, with Dr. Ranieri of Lake Ridge Podiatry by dialing (703) 491-2603.

By Lake Ridge Podiatry
July 09, 2021
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: ingrown toenails  

If you are struggling with ingrown toenails, Dr. Ranieri of Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA, is here to help. Ingrown toenails can be painful and unsightly, but we can treat them and get you back on your feet!

What causes ingrown toenails?

Ingrown toenails develop when the side of a toenail presses against and digs into the skin. The most common cause of this is trimming toenails too short, and it most often happens on the big toe. They can also be caused by wearing shoes that are too tight or too short and compress the toe area. If you have a toe injury or fungal infection in the foot, it's easy for an ingrown toenail to develop.

Whatever the root cause of the ingrown toenail, the pressure of the nail pushing into the skin causes pain, redness, and swelling. Contact your podiatrist in Woodbridge, VA, for advice if you have an ingrown toenail.

Treating ingrown toenails

As soon as you notice an ingrown toenail you should start treatment to prevent it from getting infected. If you have diabetes, you have an increased risk of infection in your feet and should see a podiatrist right away. At-home treatment for an ingrown toenail starts with soaking the foot in warm, soapy water several times a day. Soaking the foot reduces swelling, and helps keep the toe clean to prevent infection.

If the ingrown toenail does not improve with at-home measures, your podiatrist can perform a minor, in-office procedure to free the trapped part of the nail. In extreme cases, the nail is completely removed. To prevent future ingrown toenails you can:

  • Trim toenails straight across, without rounded corners
  • Wear socks and shoes that fit comfortably and don't compress the toe area
  • Keep your feet clean and dry at all times

If you have ingrown toenails, Dr. Ranieri is here for you at Lake Ridge Podiatry. Contact us for an appointment in Woodbridge, VA, at (703) 491-2603.

By Lake Ridge Podiatry
May 11, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: ingrown toenails  

Are you experiencing pain and redness around a toenail? You may have an ingrown toenail, a common foot problem for people of all ages. At Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA, your podiatrist, Dr. Ranieri, treats ingrown toenails and shows patients how to avoid them.

How does an ingrown toenail occur?

Also called onychocryptosis, an ingrown toenail happens when a nail—typically on the big toe—invades the skin along the side of the toe. Pain, redness, infection, and limited mobility are common symptoms. For individuals with diabetes, a lowered immune system and impaired circulation in their extremities, ingrown toes become dangerous both to podiatric and overall health.

Treating ingrown toenails

In his Woodbridge office, your podiatrist sees many ingrown toenails. Actually, the Institute for Preventive Foot Health reports a full 18 percent of American adults have had an ingrown toenail at some point in their lives.

Some of these toenails resolve with proper trimming and warm soaks. More serious cases require proper treatment by a skilled foot doctor promoting the best patient outcomes, improving mobility/foot appearance, and preventing infection.

To treat onychocryptosis, Dr. Ranieri often recommends removal of part of the toenail. Also called partial nail plate avulsion, this quick, in-office procedure takes the pressure off the skin and underlying nail plate. Some people require antibiotics to heal infection.

If ingrown nails recur, your podiatrist may perform a matrix ectomy to stop nail growth completely. Experts at the Cleveland Clinic say this nail bed destruction with selected chemicals typically ends the problem once and for all.

Preventing ingrown toenails

Although some people have inherited foot structures that encourage ingrown toenails, many cases can be averted with proper at-home care. Common sense practices include:

  • Trimming each toenail straight across—not too short and never rounding the corners (make sure your clippers are clean)
  • Wearing shoes which are roomy in the toes, thus avoiding undue pressure on the nails
  • Changing socks every day to avoid fungal growth
  • Protecting your feet from injury as you work and play sports (and make sure they fit well)
  • Contacting your podiatrist as soon as you see a problem developing

Don't wait

At Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, PA, Dr. Ranieri wants his patients to have the healthiest feet and ankles possible. For more information on ingrown toenails or any other foot health problem, contact your podiatrist at (703) 491-2603.

By Lake Ridge Podiatry
April 04, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: ingrown toenails  

Are you worried that one of your toenails may be growing into your skin? Our Woodbridge, VA, podiatrist, Dr. Gerard Ranieri of Lake Ridgeingrown toenail Podiatry, discusses ingrown toenails and explains what you can do to relieve your pain.

What causes ingrown toenails?

An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of a nail begins to penetrate the surrounding skin. The condition may be more likely to occur if you round your nails instead of cutting them straight across, wear tight-fitting shoes that press your nail into your skin, or have a fungal infection. In some cases, ingrown toenails are very hard to avoid. If your toenails naturally curve downward, ingrown toenails can become a chronic problem. Although the condition can affect any toe, it most commonly occurs in the big toe.

What can I do to treat ingrown toenails at home?

It may be possible to remove the trapped edge of your nail from the skin if you've just noticed a problem with your toe. Soak your foot in warm water for 10 to 15 minutes, then gently lift the edge of the nail with dental floss or a piece of cotton. Keep the cotton or floss in place during the day, and replace it after your daily foot soak. Don't force the nail when you try to free it. If it won't move easily, make an appointment with our Woodbridge office.

Home treatment shouldn't be attempted if you notice any signs of infections such as redness, red streaks, pus or warmth. If you have diabetes, it's important to visit a foot doctor when you first notice your ingrown toenail symptoms. Because diabetes interferes with healing, even seemingly minor foot problems and wounds can quickly become infected.

How do podiatrists treat ingrown toenails?

If your toenail won't budge, or you notice signs of infection, you'll need to schedule an appointment with the foot doctor. During a minor, in-office procedure, your podiatrist will make a small cut in your skin to free the nail. You'll receive local anesthetic to ensure that the procedure is pain-free, and may need to take antibiotics if you have an infection. If you experience ingrown toenails often, surgery to remove all or part of your nail may be recommended.

A visit to the foot doctor can help ease your ingrown toenail pain. Call Woodbridge, VA, podiatrist, Dr. Ranieri of Lake Ridge Podiatry, at (703) 491-2603 to schedule an appointment.