If you’ve ever had an ingrown toenail, you know how unpleasant they can be. At minimum, there may be a lot of pain and suffering, and tenderness whenever you put on shoes or jostle your toe. In more serious instances, an ingrown toenail could even be the first step on the path toward a bacterial infection, or an ugly fungal toenail.
Anyone, of any age, can develop an ingrown nail. However, children are especially vulnerable. Part of the reason is their natural rambunctiousness, of course—the next stubbed toe or crash into a wall is never too far away! Small shoes that are quickly outgrown is another common problem. But there’s not always an environmental explanation, either: some kids were just unlucky enough to inherit especially curved, ingrown-prone nails. We’ve seen them in kids only a few months old, long before they’re walking or even wearing shoes.
No one likes to see a child in pain—least of all mom and dad. Fortunately, Dr. Sanjay Patel is here to help. Ingrown toenails can be extremely uncomfortable and even dangerous for a child, especially if they open the door to a nasty infection. But the good news is that treatment is quick, and it doesn’t have to be scary, upsetting, or difficult for your little one.
The actual procedure to remove an ingrown toenail is relatively brief, and shouldn’t cause any pain. We numb the toe with a local anesthetic, then gently remove the embedded edge of the nail. If the fundamental cause of the inward nail growth is genetic, we can also perform an additional minor procedure to stop the offending edge of nail from growing back. This provides permanent relief for your child moving forward.
Although we love seeing patients of all ages, we take especially great pleasure dealing with children. We know doctors, medicine, anesthesia, and the like can be scary for kids, especially when it seems like the adults in the room aren’t really listening to them or speaking their language. At Family Foot Care & Surgery, our whole team takes pride in providing the highest quality children’s foot care, and we do everything we can to make your little one feel comfortable, calm, informed, and loved.
If your child’s toenail is hurting them, take him or her to see Dr. Patel in either Milford or Hamden, CT. We look forward to seeing you! You can request an appointment online, or call our offices at (203) 876-7736.