If you’re looking for an excuse to have fun outdoors with your kids, then Kite Flying Day on February 8, 2015, is perfect for you. Head to one of the many parks in Gilbert, AZ and spend a few hours enjoying a kite. Whenever you’re active with your children, though, pay attention to their feet. Kids aren’t always able to verbalize if something feels wrong, and may let an issue like ingrown toenails progress until even going to the park to fly kites isn’t fun because of the pain.
Children are just as vulnerable to an ingrown toenail as adults. Tight shoes and socks, minor toe injuries, and improper trimming are usually behind the problem. Curving the tip of the nail pinches or pierces the skin, leaving your child with a sore, red toe. The digit might become infected and ooze fluid, too.
Like other foot problems, it’s better for your child to avoid ingrown toenails than have to suffer. That’s why children’s foot care is so important. A young son or daughter doesn’t know how to take care of his or her feet. You, however, can prevent the problem by trimming their toenails and their checking shoes:
Clip your son or daughter’s nails regularly. The nails should be trimmed in a straight line to be even with the end of the toe—not too long or short, or the edges may become ingrown.
Check your son or daughter’s shoes every couple of months to make sure they aren’t too tight. Children’s feet grow rapidly and they’ll outgrow shoes long before wearing them out.
Pay attention to your child’s feet. Some children are sensitive and notice an ingrown nail right away, while others may not complain until the problem is serious. Take care of the potential problem as soon as you notice a change in your child’s toes, whether or not he or she complains.
If your child does have an issue with ingrown toenails, don’t let it get worse. Have it taken care of right away. Our team at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona is happy to help your family stay healthy and pain free at every stage in life. Just make an appointment at one of our two locations: call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229 for our Gilbert office, or call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375 for our Chandler location.
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