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Babies and Ingrown Toenails

Tuesday, 14 June 2022 00:00

An ingrown toenail can be painful. They can be common among babies and typically affect the big toe. This typically happens as a result of the nail growing into the surrounding skin and may be caused by wearing shoes that are too tight. Babies have soft nails that naturally curl at the edges, and if not frequently trimmed, may develop into an ingrown toenail. Common symptoms that often accompany this condition can include pain when the nail and surrounding area are touched, and the nail may look red or swollen. Mild relief may be felt when the affected foot is soaked in warm water, followed by gently massaging the toe. An effective prevention method may consist of trimming the toenails to the proper length, in addition to refraining from rounding off the corners. If your baby has developed an ingrown toenail, it is suggested you consult a podiatrist who can give you expert advice about prevention methods. 

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact the podiatrists of Elite Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.

Causes

  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.

Symptoms

Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.

Treatment

Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Ahwatukee, Phoenix, and Chandler, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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