If you have ever experienced an ingrown toenail, you know how painful it can be. Ingrown toenails can impact your children’s daily activities and prevent them from doing some of the things they love the most! An ingrown toenail might be red, swollen, and it may even drain pus.
Did you know that wearing the wrong shoe size is one of the main culprits for causing an ingrown toenail? Shoes that are too small or too narrow are a direct cause for ingrown toenails!
I had to deal with an ingrown toenail when I was a child, and I know how painful it can be! At one point, I stopped playing soccer because the pain was unbearable. I remember that the pain started going away after wearing the correct pair of shoes. Something so simple as getting the correct shoe size has a tremendous difference in keeping your kids’ feet healthy!
The BEST and PROVEN method to prevent your child from suffering from an ingrown toenail is to wear the right type of shoes! Wearing shoes that are wide enough for your kids’ feet that have a nice round toe-box will prevent the toes from overlapping with each other and putting pressure in the big toe!
Wearing the right type of socks will also help in keeping your kids’ feet healthy! There are seamless socks that will feel much more comfortable on your kids’ feet. Don’t forget that getting the correct sock size is just as important as getting the correct shoe size!
In this post, I will describe the best kids’ shoes to prevent and treat ingrown toenails!
What Are The Causes For Ingrown Toenails? – Prevent The Pain!
There are three main causes of ingrown toenails:
- Cutting your toenails too short!
- Wearing shoes that are too narrow!
- Wearing socks that are too small!
All of these factors contribute to developing an ingrown toenail! Keep that in mind next time you are looking for shoes for your child!
How Can We Treat An Ingrown Toenail?
Does your child already have an ingrown toenail? There are three different steps that will definitely help reduce, or completely eliminate the pain from an ingrown toenail!
- Soaking the sore toe in warm water for 15 minutes 2 to 3 times each day will reduce the swelling.
- Have the nail cut down by a podiatrist.
- Wear shoes that have a wider toe box so they won’t press on the toenail.
How Can Ingrown Toenails Be Prevented? – Learn The Facts!
Did you know that the best way to prevent ingrown toenails is to wear the correct shoe size? This means providing your child with both correct shoe size and width! Always avoid shoes that are too narrow that may squeeze the toes together. Wearing the right sock is also crucial in order to prevent the toes from being pushed against each other.
Seamless socks allow the toes move freely inside the socks and prevent any sort of pressure between the toes. I created a post where I describe the best seamless socks and how to make sure you are getting the correct sock size. The post is called:
Please make sure you always cut your children toenails straight across, and NEVER curved or too short!
Always examine your child’s foot regularly, since most children may not express any discomfort even though they might have an ingrown toenail. If the ingrown toenail is left untreated or undetected, it may infect the underlying bone and might lead to a serious bone infection!
Keeping Your Kids’ Toenails Healthy – It All Starts With The Right Shoe
If your child has an ingrown toenail and it has gotten infected, oral antibiotics may be required as a treatment. Please keep in mind that if your child is not wearing the correct shoe size after the ingrown toenail has been treated, the ingrown toenail will recur!
I have been fitting children’s shoes for over 6 years now, and I have seen a great amount of children who have wide or extra feet. If these children are not wearing shoes that are wide enough, the toes will get cramped or pushed against the shoe. In addition to the risk of developing an ingrown toenail, they might also develop corns, calluses, and blisters.
I describe the most common kids’ foot problems and how to get rid of them in this post:
It is important that you take your child to your local children’s shoe store to have their feet properly measured and shoes properly fitted! However, most parents don’t have a local kids’ shoe store in their area that they trust. To those parents, I describe the best fitting shoes for kids’ that come in different widths, such as medium, wide, and extra wide!
Did you know that shoe styles, even in the same size, have different toe-boxes? Most shoes, in the same size and width, will fit differently! Some shoes have rounder toe-boxes, while some others have more pointy, narrower ones. New Balance shoes tend to have the roundest, wider toe-boxes than other shoe brands. Take a look at the picture below for clarification! These two shoes have the same shoe length and width… but do you notice how the New Balance shoe on the right has a much wider toe-box?
Below you can find the best fitting shoes for a child who has or has had an ingrown toenail. These shoes are ideal because they have the roundest toe-boxes, guaranteeing that the big toe will get not get squeezed against the shoe or the other toes!
The shoes in the first-row fit “short”, which means that you need to go a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
The shoes in the second-row fit “true to size”, which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
Don’t Forget About The Importance Of Socks!
Socks also play a huge role in keeping your kids’ feet healthy, especially if your child already has had an ingrown toenail! Getting a pair of seamless socks will allow your child to move and stretch their toes without any problems! Seamless socks are the best type of socks for kids. I have also fitted children with sensory issues in these type of socks and they love them!
Just make sure you get the correct sock size. I wrote a post where I describe the best seamless socks and how to make sure you are getting the correct sock size! You can find that post here:
The Best Shoes For Kids’ – Keep Your Kid’s Feet Healthy!
I have spoken with several parents of children who have been dealing with ingrown toenails for years. They said that they went to a podiatrist to have the nail properly trimmed, and applied all different type of home remedies as well as topical antibiotics to reduce the infection. I explained to them the importance of wearing the right type of shoes, and they were shocked that they did not think about this earlier!
Ingrown toenails are extremely painful, and now you know how to prevent and treat them. Getting the right type of shoes is crucial in order to keep your kids’ feet healthy, and let’s not forget about the importance of wearing the right type of socks!
Imagine having an ingrown toenail and wearing shoes that are too narrow. Your toes would be cramped together and there would be more pressure placed on the ingrown toenail. The pain would become unbearable!
If your child happens to have wide or extra wide feet, and you can’t seem to find themthe right type of shoes, I created a post that will show you the best shoes for children with extra wide feet and it’s called:
Is your child suffering from an ingrown toenail? Is he wearing shoes that are too tight or too narrow? Have you found a particular shoe style that works best for his feet? Please share your thoughts so we can all benefit from your experiences!