Ingrown Toenails: How To Protect Your Child’s Feet

Children and teenagers are often affected by ingrown toenails, which can be very painful and cause complications if not treated correctly. Knowing how to prevent and treated this problem is a great way to protect your children’s feet, and the good news is that it’s very simple to do!

Ingrown toenails are fairly common, and usually occur when the edges or corners of the toe nails begin to grow into the soft skin around the nails. It is most common for the problem to occur on the big toe, and you will usually notice swelling and redness in affected toes, or children may complain of pain in the toes.

How To Treat An Ingrown Toenail

Ingrown toenails can usually be treated quickly and simply at home, but you may need to see a professional if the condition persists. You should not attempt to cut off the ingrown part of the nail, as this can lead to severe pain and infection of the skin or the bone of the toe.

If your child has an ingrown toenail, try soaking the foot in a warm, soapy bath, which may soften the skin and relieve the pressure on the nail. It may also help to change the style of the shoes your child wears, since tight fitting shoes can increase the likelihood of the problem developing and recurring. Properly fitted shoes are essential for children as their feet are still growing, so do not be tempted to allow them to wear shoes that are too tight.

How To Care For Your Child’s Feet

When your children are young, you will need to care for their feet and show them how to do this for themselves as they grow older. It is important to:

  1. Keep feet clean. Washing your feet on a daily basis is a very important way to keep them clean and hygienic, and this is a great habit to get into while your children are young.
  2. Cut toenails regularly. Toenails should be kept shorter than the toes, and should always be cut straight across rather than in a rounded shape.
  3. Wear good shoes. Shoes should be wide enough to accommodate the toes without squashing them at all, and should be comfortable and supportive to protect the growing foot.

Prevent Foot Problems With Professional Advice

A visit to Foot Solutions is a great way to find out more about your feet and how to look after them properly. Our experienced fitters can help you to find the best combination for your feet, and this will usually involve comfortable, well-fitted shoes, with comfort socks and/or custom arch supports.

Pop in and visit us at Foot Solutions, or book an appointment online now. We have a great range of stylish, comfortable shoes for the new season, and your feet will notice the difference straight away!