Spring sports are here - don’t let your child be sidelined by foot pain. Repetitive kicking and trauma can lead to painful infected ingrown toenails. A nail becomes painful when the corners grow into the skin of the toe causing discomfort, swelling, redness, and sometimes infection.
Here are a few tips to help prevent ingrown nails:
• Make sure shoes fit properly. Incorrect shoe width often contributes to ingrown toenails. Make sure you have your child’s feet measured at every shoe fitting
• Teach your child how to properly trim their toenails. Toenails should not be cut too short and should be trimmed straight across.
• Check your childrens feet starting at a young age. Kids sometimes hide their foot pain from their parents
If your child develops an ingrown nail bring them in for a simple office procedure to remove the painful portion of the nail. We love working with kids and we know how to make this an easy and non-traumatic experience for your child.
Antibiotics in most cases do not resolve the condition. The offending nail border needs to be removed. Do not remove the nail or cut it off yourself. These “bathroom surgeries” carry a risk for infection or other complications.
At the Foot and Ankle Center of Washington we provide care for your entire family. If you would like to make an appointment contact our office in Seattle.