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Shoes for Ingrown Toenails – Prevent Your Child From Getting an Ingrown Toenail


Editor’s Note: This post has been updated and revised for accuracy on April 2022 and reflects an up-to-date selection of shoes for ingrown toenails.

There are certain specific kids’ shoes that provide extra depth and rounder toe-boxes which help treat and prevent an ingrown toenail from getting worse.

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 of 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 can make a tremendous difference in keeping your kids’ feet healthy.

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.

The most effective and proven method to prevent your child from suffering from an ingrown toenail is to wear the right type of shoes. Wearing shoes that have round toe-boxes can help prevent the toes from overlapping or rubbing  against one another or the side of the shoes.

What Makes the Shoes I Recommend Effective for Ingrown Toenails?

✅ Rounder Toe-Boxes: This feature helps prevent your children’s toes from rubbing against one another or the side of the shoes. Let me show you the difference between a shoe with a round toe-box versus one with a narrow toe-box. The shoes below are the same length and width, but as you can see they will fit very differently.


My Experience Fitting Children’s Shoes

I have been fitting children’s shoes for over 10 years now, and I have seen a great number 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.


Before I show you a selection of the best shoes for ingrown toenails let me show you what are some of the most common causes of ingrown toenails.

What Are the Causes for Ingrown Toenails? – Prevent the Pain!

There are 3 main causes of ingrown toenails:

  • Cutting your kids’ toenails too short: Make sure you always cut your children’s toenails straight across, and never curved or 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?

Do your children already have an ingrown toenail? There are 3 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.

✅ Having the nail cut down by a podiatrist.

✅ Wearing 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 and most effective way to prevent ingrown toenails is to wear the correct shoe size?

Always avoid shoes that are too narrow that may squeeze the toes together. Wearing the right type of socks is also crucial to prevent the toes from being pushed against each other.

Seamless socks allow the toes to 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:

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

Below you can find the best fitting shoes for a child who has or has had an ingrown toenail. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

The Best Shoes for Ingrown Toenails ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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. These shoes can fit children with medium (M), wide (W), or extra wide (XW) feet.

What Shoe Size You Should Order?

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

Are Any Other Shoe Choices Available?

If none of these shoes are available in your child’s shoe size or if you need the shoes to be made of a specific color don’t hesitate to email me at:


Keeping Your Kids’ Toenails Healthy – It All Starts with the Right Shoe

If your child has an ingrown toenail and got infected, oral antibiotics may be required as a treatment.

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.

Take a look at a resource that I created where I describe the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state:

The Best Kids’ Shoe Stores In The United States – Where To Go For Proper Fittings

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

If you don’t have a good fitting shoe store in your area then take a look at a different article I wrote where 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:

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

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 types 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.

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 them the right type of shoes, I created a post that will show you the best shoes for children with extra wide feet:

Children Extra Wide Shoes – Prevent Blisters, Calluses, and Corns!

Is your child suffering from an ingrown toenail? Have you found a particular shoe that has worked well in treating the ingrown toenail? Please share your experiences below so we can all benefit from your experiences.


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12 Comments on Shoes for Ingrown Toenails – Prevent Your Child From Getting an Ingrown Toenail

  1. Hi Juan,

    I can relate to what you just describe in this article. I have suffered from ingrowing toe nails for over five years. I under went 5 minor surgeries before I became free.

    Though that’s at the expense of my toe nail. I did not have a choice but to ask for a procedure to deaden it. So right now I don’t have any right toe nail anymore. The pain was so much that I could not bare it any longer. Going through this, I don’t want my kids to experience what I went through.

    I didn’t know that certain shoes have wider toe-boxes, even in the same size length and width.How can I know when you post new articles? I have already read several of them and I love the information you provide.


    • Anu,

      Ingrown toenails are extremely painful. I experienced them as a kid because I wasn’t wearing the correct pair of shoes. Always make sure you are taking your children to have their feet properly measured at your local children’s shoe store. If you don’t have one in your area, I provided you with the shoes that come in wide and extra wide widths, as well as the roundest toe-boxes.

      You can sign up to my email list and you will receive emails when I write important posts.

  2. Hello Juan

    My child keeps complaining about his big toe hurting, especially when trying to play soccer.Thank you for a very informative article on ingrown toenails and how important it is for children to have the right size and type of shoe.Is a rounded toe-box better than a squared toe, or does it make a difference?

    I also like how you cover what socks to wear and how to treat ingrown toenails.

    • Wendy,

      Always try to get your child shoes with a rounder toe-box rather than a pointy or square one. The rounder toe-box will guarantee that there is no pressure on your child big toe from the shoe. If you don;t have a children shoe store in your area, you can choose from the shoes I display in the post. I have fitted them before and they have the roundest toe -boxes, and they are also very deep.

  3. Hi Juan,

    This is exactly what I was looking for! Son of my friend is suffering from this problem for a long time – every 2-3 months she is bringing her son to doctors to take the nail off. It is really terrible for the boy as he is anactive basketball player. I will share this post with her as all the time we thought the reason was wrongly cut nail or nail growing wrong.

    As I got to know after reading your post – it can also be due to wrong fit of the shoes and I guess it could be very relevant to him as sportsman as maybe his trainers are of inappropriate fit. Perhaps this problem can be solved much easier and less painful.

    Thanks a lot for this valuable information – I think anyone who has suffered or is suffering from this problem will evaluate it a lot.

    • You should advise your friend to check the shoes that the child is currently wearing. There is a possibility that they might be too narrow, specially since he is a basketball player and there is a lot of friction between his feet and the hard floor of the basketball court.

      I created a post where I describe the best basketball shoes for kids’ and there are some that are wider than others. The post is called:

      The Best Basketball Shoes for Kids- Avoid Damaging their Feet And Knees

  4. I am so glad I stopped by your website. My child was suffering from an ingrown toe nail for the longest time. I got her a pair of the shoes you recommend with seamless socks, and after two months of wearing them she doesn’t complain anymore! I felt like I had to drop you a line telling you THANK YOU so much!

    • Abrielle,

      You are welcome! I am glad she is not suffering from her ingrown toenail anymore! Wearing the correct type of shoes and socks can make all the difference!

  5. My daughter has been struggling with ingrown toenails for a year now. The doctor said that it was caused by her wearing shoes that were too narrow, so we took her to a kids’ shoe shop but we didn’t even liked how they measured her feet and the shoes still seemed tight on her. I m glad I came across your website. I ordered a pair from your recommendations, hopefully they will work!

  6. I’m glad I stumbled across your article and was super excited to see you list different shoes but quickly disappointed realizing that the shoes are for babies/toddlers and smaller kids. My daughter is 9 and has bigger feet. She can wear a size 5 to nearly 6 in women’s shoes. Do you have any recommendations for that size?

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