Children really have a lot going on in their young lives. Sometimes adults reminisce wistfully about their youth, but they forget about all the learning, growing, and social development that happens during that time. With everything that is going on, the last thing a child needs to deal with is painful ingrown toenails.
This is a condition where the toenail starts to grow into the soft skin of your child’s toe. The resulting pain and irritation might be bad enough on its own, but the bacteria that can be found down by his or her feet may lead to an infection, which means fungal nails. The good news is that this condition can be treated and is also preventable.
One of the main causes for this problem with children is poor nail-trimming technique by the child or the parent. When toenails are rounded off and kept too short, they are more likely to grow into the side of the nail bed. Other causes include poorly-fitting shoes, injuries, or repeated activities. Shoes that do not fit correctly contribute to a wide array of foot issues, and this is one more that can be added to that list. If your child drops a heavy weight onto his or her foot, an ingrown toenail may develop too.
Preventing ingrown toenails is easy to do— and it’s a lot easier than treating them. The most important action to help prevent this situation is to learn how to trim toenails correctly. Instead of rounding them off and leaving the nails too short, trim them straight across and make sure they extend to the edge of the toe. Teach your kids this technique so they do it properly every time, too. Make sure that your children’s shoes are comfortable and do not fit too tightly. Not only will this prevent ingrown nails, it will keep other foot issues at bay.
If your child has had an ingrown nail for some time, it is best to bring him or her in to see Lawrence Kales, DPM. You do not want to take the risk of an untreated infection. We are experts at handling ingrown toenails. Call Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle at (352) 683-5799 for our Spring Hill office, (727) 868-2128 for our Hudson office, or request an appointment online today!
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