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Babies And Ingrown Toenails

Monday, 11 January 2021 00:00

Babies may develop ingrown toenails from the rapid growth of their toenails. Ingrown toenails occur as a condition when the outer edge of the nail grows into the surrounding skin. It is often a painful ailment, and you may notice your child is pulling on their big toe. It can occur as a result of trimming the toenails incorrectly, or from wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. Because of this, it is beneficial to refrain from wearing shoes until it is time to walk outside. This can be helpful in protecting the toenails. Parents may find mild relief for their children when the affected nail is soaked in warm water. If your child has an ingrown toenail, it is advised that you consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can manage ingrown toenails.

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 Dr. Lyle D. Haskell of North Texas Foot Group. Our doctor 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 our office located in Allen, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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