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Does Your Child Have an Ingrown Toenail?

Posted Jul 10 2012 12:00am

Ingrown toenails are a very common podiatric ailment.  Some children are more prone to ingrown toenails than others due to heredity.  Other causes of ingrown toenails include improperly fitted shoes, improperly trimmed nails, and trauma to the feet as a result of normal activities.

Ingrown toenails are most common in the big toes and may be accompanied by pain, redness, swelling, odor, and drainage.  If you suspect your child may be suffering from an ingrown toenail do not try to remove it yourself.  An ingrown toenail should be treated by a podiatrist.  However, if you think the ingrown toenail may have caused an infection, soak your child's foot in warm salt water or soapy water.  Apply a bandage and antiseptic to the area after soaking.

You should contact a podiatrist immediately if you suspect your child has an ingrown toenail especially in the case of extreme redness or drainage. It is also especially important to seek medical attention if your child is diabetic or suffers from circulation problems.   The podiatrist will remove the ingrown portion of the toenail and may subscribe a medication. 

To prevent ingrown toenails in your child ...

  • Trim toenails straigt across
  • Make sure you child has properly fitted shoes; avoid pointed or narrow toeboxes
  • Never rip or tear the edges of toenails
If you suspect your child is suffering from an ingrown toenail, contact our office at 419-423-1888 or visit our website to schedule an appointment.
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