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Ingrown Toenails in Infants

Tuesday, 22 June 2021 00:00

An ingrown toenail is more common in adults, but can affect anyone of any age, including infants. An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of the nail grows into the surrounding skin rather than over it. This causes redness, swelling, and pain, and may lead to an infection if left untreated. Usually the first symptom of an ingrown toenail in an infant is the area at the edge of the nail slowly becoming raised due to the toenail growing underneath it. At first the raised area is flesh-colored, but over time it can turn red and become painful. Just as in adults, ingrown toenails in babies are usually the result of improperly trimming the toenails or wearing shoes that are too tight in the toe area. Applying a warm, wet compress to the affected toenail can soften the skin and reduce discomfort. If you notice that the area is becoming increasingly red, warm, or painful, it is suggested that you take your child to see a podiatrist for treatment.  

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Massimo Pietrantoni, DPM of Rochester Podiatry, LLP. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Brighton and Greece of Rochester, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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