Poor Stephen Strasburg. First this All Star pitcher of the Washington Nationals couldn't start against the Mets in early March because he had an ingrown toenail. Then adding insult to injury he sprained his ankle a couple of weeks later during warm-ups which prevented him from pitching against the Tigers. Although playing baseball doesn't cause the kind of injuries seen in football, it's still important to ensure that you and your child have the necessary information to help prevent foot and ankle problems in this all American sport.
Although I have no idea how Stephen Strasburg developed an ingrown toenail, there are a few factors that make this condition preventable.
Cut toenails straight across - many people tend to cut their toenails on the edges to round them out. This can be a big problem as it is one of the main reasons why people develop ingrown toenails.
Get your feet measured - we always measure our kids feet when it's time for new shoes, but did you know that our feet get bigger as we age. Shoes that are too tight or too short can also be a culprit in developing ingrown toenails.
Check the field for bumps or divots ahead of time - any uneven surface can lead to trauma and injury including ingrown toenails and twisted ankles.
If you do develop an ingrown toenail you'll likely be in a lot of pain and want it taken care of as soon as possible. As a Seattle podiatrist I'm here to tell you that putting you out of pain from this condition can be done in my office during one visit.
Don't wait to feel better. Call us at the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online. Same day appointments are often available.