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How to Help Your Child Avoid an Ingrown Toenail?

Monday, 15 March 2021 00:00

Ingrown toenails are a painful and problematic malady for people of all ages and are actually quite common in children. While heredity may be the cause of your child’s ingrown toenail, there are things you can do to try and avoid them from developing. For instance, make sure your child’s footwear is large enough to accommodate not only the length, but also the width of the foot. Also, your child’s toenails should be trimmed straight across, and not cut too short—which can cause skin along the sides of the nail to grow over it. If one of your child’s toenails does become ingrown you can try soaking it in lukewarm water which softens the skin and may reduce any swelling or pain. Ingrown toenails can become quite painful and even infected. Do not attempt to dig the nail out; contact a podiatrist who will be able to safely treat the ingrown nail and treat any infection that may have occurred.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Robert Graser of Graser Podiatry and Bunion Surgery Institute. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Boerne, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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