Ingrown toenails can occur when toenails are too short and/or when footwear is too tight. Because children are still learning proper foot hygiene and their feet are growing so rapidly, they are quite susceptible to ingrown toenails. You can help them avoid this painful condition with a little guidance and supervision. Show them how to properly trim their toenails so that they can begin taking care of their own. After a shower or bath when their nails are softer, demonstrate how to properly trim toenails: straight across, and not rounded or too short. The corners of toenails should still be visible after trimming. Explain how these techniques allow nails to grow on top of the skin at the edges, rather than into it. Also, be sure to check frequently to make sure their shoes fit properly—both in length and width. Encourage them to get involved in their own foot health by being aware of when their shoes start feeling tight, and helping look for shoe styles with wider toe boxes when shoe shopping. If your child does develop an ingrown toenail, make an appointment with a podiatrist for proper treatment and to avoid an infection from possibly setting in.
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 The Podiatry Center, PC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
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
- 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.
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