Some foot and ankle conditions are more likely to be found in particular demographics, but ingrown toenails are experienced by individuals of all ages. Fortunately, ingrown toenail treatment is often conservative in nature and something a parent can perform for a child.
To treat a child’s ingrown nail, start by soaking the affected foot for about 10-15 minutes to soften the nail tissue. Following this, gently lift the edge that has become ingrown and place a bit of waxed dental floss underneath to prevent the nail from growing back into the skin.
In cases where home care is not enough, your son or daughter will probably need professional treatment. This typically applies to cases where severe pain is present or the same nail repeatedly becomes ingrown. At this point, we may need to remove the problem nail or the portion of it that is causing an issue.
Contact our professionals at Southern Tier Podiatry to learn more about child toenail care or to receive specialized foot care for you or your loved ones. Call our Vestal, NY podiatrist office at (607) 217-5668 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment.