Did you know that ingrown toenails are one of the most common reasons why people visit the podiatrist?An ingrown toenail affects the big toe most often, but it can happen to any toe.
Our children’s toenails offer a measure of protection for the ends and top of the toes, but shoes offer our children’s toes far greater protection than even the healthiest toenails.
If you don’t provide your children with the correct pair of shoes you will end up creating several foot issues to their feet such as blisters, calluses, corns, and ingrown toenails!
Wearing shoes that are too narrow are the main cause children develop ingrown toenails. As your children get older, they might develop toenail problems, and basic toenail care can become more difficult.
This care involves proper trimming techniques, and the best way to prevent ingrown toenails is by wearing shoes and socks that fit well. Doing these things will go a long way in keeping your kids’ toenails healthy, but sometimes your children might still develop an ingrown toenail since they might have a hereditary predisposition for such a problem.
An ingrown toenail can cause a lot of pain, especially in children.
The good news is that ingrown toenails can be prevented (as long as it’s not a hereditary factor that affects the shape of the nail) by providing your child with shoes that are the correct shoe size. Getting the correct shoe size means providing your child with the correct shoe length and the correct shoe width.
Never cut your children’s toenails too short! This is also one of the most common mistake parents make that leads to toenails becoming ingrown.
In this article I will describe the best shoes for children (deeper and with round toe boxes) that will prevent your kids’ big toe from rubbing against the side of the shoe. If your child already has an ingrown toenail, these shoes will provide relief by preventing the nail from rubbing against the side of the shoe.
Why Does My Child Has An Ingrown Toenail?
Ingrown toenails can develop for several reasons, including hereditary factors that affect the shape of the nail, trauma to the toes from stub injuries or dropped objects, and poor trimming techniques. However, the most common cause children develop ingrown toenails is from wearing shoes that are not the correct size.
It’s important to understand how you should cut your children’s toenails. Trimming the nail too short or rounding the corners of the nail edge allows the skin to lift above the nail border and impede the forward growth of the nail plate.
Why do shoes play a key role in keeping your children’s toenails healthy?
Repetitive pressure on the tips or sides of the toe can cause an ingrown toenail, this is the reason why you must avoid shoes and socks that place pressure in the nail border.
There are certain types of socks that are seamless, which allow your child’s toes to freely move and prevents them from overlapping and rubbing against each other.
What To Do If Your Child Developed An Ingrown Toenail?
Self-treatment, including warm water soaks and topical antibiotic ointments, should relieve the pain within two to three days.
Soaking the sore toe in warm water for 15 minutes 2 to 3 times each day will reduce the swelling.
Make sure your child is wearing shoes that have a wider toe box, so they won’t press on the toenail. Have your child walk around in sandals or go barefoot as much as possible in order to prevent pressure on the ingrown toenail until it fully heals.
Please get rid of any pointed or tight shoes that might put pressure in your child’s toenail. After the cuticle has healed, cut the toenails straight across, leaving the corners visible.
If you notice any signs of infection such as redness, odor, streaking, swelling, increased pain, or bleeding, then abandon self-treatment and see a podiatrist.
The Best Shoes For Ingrown Toenails – Wide Toe-Box
It’s important that if your child has developed an ingrown toenail that you prevent the nail from rubbing against the side of the shoe by providing your child with a pair of shoes that are deep and come with a round toe-box.
I have helped several children that were dealing with ingrown toenails find the correct pair of shoes. These shoes are deep and have the widest toe-boxes.
You can find a selection of those shoes below:
All of these shoe styles fit “true to size” which means that you need to go a half a size bigger of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
If you don’t have a local children’s shoe store where you can take your child to be properly fitted for shoes, you should take a look at an article I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to find out your child’s correct shoe size. You can find that article here:
Don’t Forget About The Socks! – Seamless And Breathable!
Socks do more than just act as a barrier between our kids’ feet and the shoes, they also prevent the formation of bacteria inside the shoes.
If your child has an ingrown toenail, I always recommend providing them with socks that are seamless since they will prevent the toes from rubbing against each other and will allow you’re your child to freely move his or her toes.
If you want to see a selection of the best seamless socks for children you can find them in an article I wrote called:
Has your child developed an ingrown toenail? Have you tried a particular treatment that has been effective? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.