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Children and Ingrown Toenails

Monday, 10 February 2020 00:00

Children that have ingrown toenails may tell their parents their big toe hurts. Upon examining the toe, it may appear red, swollen, and may have drainage from the outer edges of the nail. These symptoms may be indicative of an ingrown toenail. This can occur as a result of improperly trimming the toenails, or from wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. Children’s feet grow rapidly, which is why it’s advised to have your child’s feet frequently measured. This can help you to determine the correct size shoe that your child needs to wear. The toe may feel better when it is soaked in warm water several times per day, as this may help to soften the affected area. If you notice an ingrown toenail on your child’s foot, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of University Foot and Ankle Center, L.L.C. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in East Brunswick and Monroe Township, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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