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How to Prevent Ingrown Toenails in Kids

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It is only natural that every parent wants the best for his or her child. At the very least, though, the hope is that we can keep our young ones safe from harm. One common condition we see in our Carmichael, CA foot doctor office in which parents can make a difference is ingrown toenail prevention for kids.

We can certainly provide treatment to relieve the painful symptoms that can come with a nail that has become ingrown, but it is better for your child to prevent the condition in the first place. Fortunately, there are things you can do to avoid the problem. Two practices can be particularly effective:

  1. Happy toesMake sure their footwear fits properly. One of the potential causes of an ingrown toenail is a pair of shoes that is too tight or narrow in the front. This situation forces the toes to squash together and can affect toenail growth patterns. Always make sure that your son or daughter wears shoes that are not only supportive with ample cushioning, but also wide enough in the front so that toes can wiggle.
  2. Clip their toenails correctly. Another major cause of ingrown toenails is faulty toenail trimming procedures. Some individuals round off or clip toenails in an angled fashion. A better practice is to cut them straight across. It is also important to make sure they are not clipped too short. When finished, the nails should roughly extend to the edge of their respective toes.

Toenails can become ingrown for reasons other than ill-fitting footwear and improper nail trimming procedures, though. They also develop when something heavy falls onto a foot or the nail has an unusually curved structure. These causes are more difficult to prevent, but our office can provide the care your child needs.

When preventative measures aren’t as effective as we would hope—as when a child has an inherited nail structure that leads to an ingrown toenail, or in the case of an accident—we can help your son or daughter find relief from painful symptoms. Contact McDowell Podiatry Group for more information by calling (916) 961-3434l or use our online form to schedule an appointment today.

Dr. Brian McDowell
Dr. Brian McDowell, board-certified podiatrist, provides cutting-edge foot and ankle care in Carmichael, CA.
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