Why Children Develop Ingrown Toenails

Why Children Develop Ingrown Toenails

February 6, 2024

Children and teens can experience ingrown toenails, a painful condition caused by the edge of a toenail growing into the surrounding skin. Signs of ingrown toenails can include toe pain, redness and pus emerging from the edge of the toenail, and tenderness while walking. Common causes of ingrown toenails in children include improper toenail trimming that leads to sharp edges which can penetrate the skin, or wearing tight shoes that puts pressure on the toes. Additionally, trauma to the toe, such as stubbing or dropping something on it, can lead to ingrown toenails. It is important for parents and caregivers to be mindful of how they trim their child’s nails to prevent ingrown toenails and the infections they can cause. If a child experiences persistent discomfort or ingrown toenails that keep coming back, it is suggested you make an appointment with a podiatrist, who can help address the issue and prevent further complications.

Finding a properly-fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from PA Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in proper fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improper fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, properly-fitting shoes are vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Allentown, Easton, Northampton, and Chew Street in Allentown, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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