Every kid’s favorite time of year is almost here – summertime! Soon, school will be out and kids will be running rampant, unless of course, their toenails are troubling them. Then, it might be hard to join in on the summer’s fun activities. Not to worry, though — if your kids’ little piggies are causing them to cry “wee, wee, wee” all the way home, we’re here to help!

The most common problem we see with children’s toenails is when they become ingrown. The nail’s edge digs into the surrounding skin, making toes red, swollen, and tender to the touch. Wearing shoes can be painful, and infection can add to the problem. You can try a warm foot soak and gently lifting the intruding edge, or you can have us tend to the toenail for you. If it is a recurrent issue, you may even want to have us remove part or all of the ingrown nail.

Toenail fungus is also a condition we see in kids since most love to run around barefoot, go to the pool, and share flip flops with their friends. It’s not uncommon for kids to have a stubbed toe or scratches on their feet, which offer fungi the perfect opportunity to jump in and wreak havoc with tiny toenails. Keeping feet clean and dry, always wearing sandals — especially in public places — and not sharing footwear will go a long way toward protecting little feet.

If children’s toenails turn black and blue instead of the signature yellow of a fungal infection, it’s typically the result of an injury that has caused blood to pool beneath the nail. Pressure can build and cause pain, but we can drain the blood if need be, and the nail will grow out or be replaced with a clear, healthy one.

School will be out soon and kids will be flocking home – we can’t stop that from happening! However, we can help your children’s feet stay healthy, and offer these tips to keep toenail troubles from showing up this summer:

  • Teach your kids to trim their nails straight across and not too short. An emery board can be used to smooth hang nails or rough edges.
  • Make sure kids’ shoes fit properly and do not squish toes.
  • Discourage kids from going barefoot to avoid picking up a fungus or dropping something heavy on their toes.
  • Besides footwear, don’t let children share towels, socks, or nail clippers which can also transfer fungi.
  • Clean, dry feet are the best defense against many conditions. Sorry, kids, but bath time is a must!

If, despite your best efforts, your child does end up with an ingrown nail, toenail fungus, or other issue, please don’t hesitate to call us in Troy or Clifton Park, NY by dialing (518) 273-0053.

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