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Kids’ Ingrown Toenail Treatment – Choose the Correct Pair of Shoes for Your Child!


Do you have a child that is dealing with an ingrown toenail? Did you know that ingrown toenails are one of the most common reasons why children have to visit a podiatrist? An ingrown toenail affects the big toe most often, but it can happen to any toe. Wearing shoes that are too narrow is the main cause of why children develop ingrown toenails. As your children get older, they might develop toenail problems, and basic toenail care can become more difficult.

If your child developed an ingrown toenail, you must provide your child with shoes that provide these 2 key features:

1️⃣ Rounder Toe-Boxes: This feature helps prevent your kids’ toes from overlapping or rubbing against one another or the side of the shoes. Let me show you the difference between one of the shoes I recommend with a round toe-box versus a different shoe:


2️⃣ Extra Depth: This feature helps prevent your kids’ toenails from rubbing against the top front part of the shoes.


The issue is that parents don’t know where and how to find shoes that provide those 2 features, as shoes don’t come labeled as “extra deep” or with a “rounder toe-box”. The good news is that I will help you find them.

My Experience Fitting Children’s Shoes – Over a Decade of Shoe Fitting Experience!

I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now that focuses on helping children with “complicated” foot shapes as well as foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. We carry some of the most supportive children’s shoes and orthotics, and I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles are better than others.


Your children’s toenails offer a measure of protection for the end and top of the toes, but shoes offer your 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.

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 provide rounder toe-boxes, extra depth and also the correct size. Getting the correct shoe size means providing your child with the correct shoe length and the correct shoe width.

Please make sure to never cut your children’s toenails too short. This is also one of the most common mistakes parents make that leads to toenails becoming ingrown.

Before I provide you with a selection of the best children’s shoes that come with round toe-boxes and extra depth, I want to make sure that you know your child’s exact foot size. You won’t be able to order the correct shoe size online if you don’t know your child’s foot size to begin with.


I always recommend parents take their children to their local fitting children’s shoe store that they trust, the issue is that most fitting stores have been closing down and parents need to end up buying their kids’ shoes online. There is nothing wrong with this, but you must know your child’s exact foot size to know what size to order.

How to Retrieve Your Child’s Exact Foot Length and Shape

I created a resource that showcases the best-fitting children’s shoe stores by state:

The Best Kids’ Shoe Stores in the United States – Where To Go for Proper Fittings

If after looking at that resource you still can’t seem to identify a shoe store in your area, then proceed to take a look at an article I created that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:

How to Measure Your Kids’ Foot – 2 Simple Steps to Determine Foot Length and Foot Width

In that article I help parents determine their child’s exact foot size and whether the child has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet. I also will be able to tell you whether your child has a high instep or not.

I only write reviews of shoes that I have fitted before, otherwise, I wouldn’t know how well-made they are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the best kids’ ingrown toenail treatment: Deep shoes with rounder toe-boxes! Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

The Best Kids’ Shoes for Ingrown Toenails ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Below you can find a selection of the best kids’ shoes for ingrown toenails. These shoes are available in medium (M), wide (W), and extra wide (XW).

What Shoe Size Should You Order?

In each of the descriptions of the shoes, I indicate whether you need to order a half size or a whole size bigger than your child’s current foot size to provide the correct amount of growing room.

Why Does Your Child Have an Ingrown Toenail? – Let’s Find Out!

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–too short or too narrow.

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 on the nail border.

Certain types of socks are seamless, which allow your child’s toes to freely move and prevent them from overlapping and rubbing against each other.

Socks do more than just act as a barrier between your kids’ feet and the shoes since they also prevent the formation and build-up of bacteria inside the shoes.

The Best Socks for Ingrown Toenails – Seamless and Breathable!

If your child has an ingrown toenail, I always recommend providing them with socks that are seamless as they help prevent the toes from rubbing against each other and will allow you’re your child to freely move the toes.

While I can’t get into too much detail in this article about which are the best seamless socks for children, there is another article I wrote where you will see a selection of the best seamless socks that I fitted before. Please go to the link below:

Seamless Socks for Kids – Stop the Struggle of Putting Socks On!

Steps to Take 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 rounder toe-box, so they won’t press on the toenail.  Have your child walk around in sandals or go barefoot as much as possible around the house to prevent pressure on the ingrown toenail until it fully heals.

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.


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.

Please get rid of any pointed or tight shoes that might put pressure on your child’s toenail. After the cuticle has healed, cut the toenails straight across, leaving the corners visible.

Are Any Other Shoe Choices Available?

Make sure that you provide your child with the correct type of shoes and socks, since an ingrown toenail can cause a lot of pain, especially in children. Do not hesitate to contact me if you can’t seem to find a particular shoe style for your child, I have highly likely fitted it before and I will help you find it: fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com 

Have you found a particular shoe style that has been effective in treating and preventing ingrown toenails? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.


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