Sometimes ingrown toenails form on the feet of children who cut their nails too short or wear shoes and socks that are too tight. Children can avoid this condition by trimming their toenails in a straight line and not shearing off too much of the nail.
They should also wear shoes that fit them well. It’s especially important for kids to have footwear that’s wide enough for their feet.
If an ingrown toenail does develop, mitigate some of the pain by soaking the toe in warm water and gently massaging it. However, the best thing to do is seek treatment by a doctor as soon as possible, or it could cause an infection.
No matter what age you are, ingrown toenails are painful and unpleasant. If you need an ingrown nail removed, visit podiatrist Dr. Neal Mozen, DPM of Foot Health Care Associates. Dr. Mozen can perform a full assessment of the afflicted toe and get you the treatment you need.
Ingrown Toenails Causes
Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.
There are a number of risk factors for ingrown toenails. Some include cutting your nails too short, participating in strenuous sports, diabetes, obesity, and fungal infection. Some are genetically predisposed to ingrown nails, although wearing ill-fitting or damp shoes can exacerbate the problem.
There are a number of steps you can take to treat ingrown nails:
-Let your toenails grow out
-Soak the toes in hot water with antibiotic soap or Epsom salts
-Placing a piece of cotton under the affected nail may allow the toe to grow up instead of into the nail bed
-Rest with your feet up
If however, your pain is severe, or you see red streaks running up your leg, you should see a podiatrist. Your podiatrist may make a small incision and remove part of the toe nail to relieve the pressure. A local anesthetic may be used to lessen the discomfort of the operation. Topical medication may also be prescribed to prevent the regrowth of the problem nail.
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