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School is in session! Dealing with ingrown toenails

Sponsored Content by Foot Specialists of South Mississippi

By Dr. Charles Caplis

A new school year is starting for everyone and with that comes a multitude of extracurricular activities for children and parents.

Sports and other activities for our children are beginning, some may attend dance, lacrosse, football, soccer, cross country running, etc. During these activities parents may get the occasional, “Mom, Dad, my toe hurts”. Now, we all know that children can be prone to “picking” or “peeling” at their toenails. This inevitably can cause ingrown toenails and infections. The new shoe gear along with the new increased activity on their feet and mixed with the habit of “picking” at their toenails is a bad combination. This combination is a recipe for skin infections and ingrown toenails. Yet, these minor infections and ingrowing toenails can easily be treated with oral antibiotics and a minor procedure to remove the ingrown toenail.

A lot of times children think they will have to lose their entire toenail, but that is only in specific cases. The majority of the time we can remove the offending border and keep the remaining nail intact. Patients have immediate relief once the nail is removed. This is a gratifying procedure for patient and for the provider, to be able to provide instant relief. There is some minor wound care at home following the procedure with foot soaks and application of wound ointment and a bandaid or bandage. Remember to inform your children to not pick at their toenails and always remember to cut the nails straight across to prevent ingrowing toenails. Also, make sure that their shoe gear for whatever activity they are now participating in fits their feet and toes properly, not causing too much pressure to their nails.

If your children or (you parents) have toe or foot pain or injury be sure to reach out to us at Foot Specialists of South Mississippi.

Request a consultation with Foot Specialists of South Mississippi.
(228) 818-2801
999 N. Halstead Road, Ocean Springs

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