family of four including boy and girlIf you, your kids, or other family members have had an ingrown toenail, you may wonder if you can inherit the tendency to develop this condition. The answer is yes, but family history is just one risk factor for developing this common foot problem.

Ingrown toenails occur more often in people who've had nail trauma or toenail fungus, wear shoes that are too short, have nails that grow too fast or too slowly, or trim their nails improperly.

While you can't change your biology, you can take steps to avoid toenail fungus, wear shoes that fit and have a roomier toe box, and learn how to properly cut your toenails.

We often see a lot of kids with ingrown toenails in September--particularly kids who play soccer and other sports. To help prevent your child from getting an ingrown toenail, in addition to a proper nail trim, take them to a shoe store you trust to get their feet measured before they start school. If they play soccer and wear cleats, make sure they aren't too tight.

What if I already have an ingrown toenail? Do I need to come in?

It's a really good idea to come in to get your ingrown toenails treated as soon as possible. But if you're in a jam and can't get into the office right away there are several things you can do to get relief. You can try a foot soak, wear sandals to avoid pressure on your toe, and apply antibiotic ointment to prevent infection. You can find more details in another blog I wrote called, 8 Tips for Treating Painful Piggies

If you or your child are experiencing redness and swelling near the border of your great toenail, call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

Dr. Rion Berg
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A podiatrist in North Seattle treating families for over 40 years.
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