Ingrown toenails are common among children who wear socks and shoes that aren’t big enough. Trimming nails too short can cause this condition as well. As a parent, it’s best to make sure your kids have shoes that are wide enough for their feet so that this painful problem can be avoided.

It’s also important to teach your children the right way to cut their toenails. If your child does grow an ingrown nail, you can treat some of the pain with a combination of warm water baths and massages for the afflicted toe. But to fully cure the problem and prevent an infection you should take them to a doctor right away.

When dealing with an ingrown toenail, professional advice from a podiatrist can be a valuable asset. If you have this condition, consider calling Dr. James C. Ricketti, DPM of Hamilton Square. Dr. Ricketti can look closely at your ingrown toenail and give you his reputable opinion about how you should care for it.

Ingrown Toenails Causes
Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

There are a number of risk factors for ingrown toenails. Some include cutting your nails too short, participating in strenuous sports, diabetes, obesity, and fungal infection. Some are genetically predisposed to ingrown nails, although wearing ill-fitting or damp shoes can exacerbate the problem.

Treatment
There are a number of steps you can take to treat ingrown nails:
-Let your toenails grow out
-Soak the toes in hot water with antibiotic soap or Epsom salts
-Placing a piece of cotton under the affected nail may allow the toe to grow up instead of into the nail bed
-Rest with your feet up
If however, your pain is severe, or you see red streaks running up your leg, you should see a podiatrist.

Your podiatrist may make a small incision and remove part of the toe nail to relieve the pressure. A local anesthetic may be used to lessen the discomfort of the operation.  Topical medication may also be prescribed to prevent the regrowth of the problem nail.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office, located in Hamilton Square, NJ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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