July 2024

Facts About Children's Ingrown Toenails

Children's ingrown toenails are a common and painful condition where the edge of the toenail grows into the surrounding skin, leading to redness, swelling, and discomfort. Several factors can contribute to this condition. Improper nail trimming, such as cutting the nails too short or rounding the edges, is a primary cause. Tight or ill-fitting shoes can also exert pressure on the toes, promoting the development of ingrown toenails. Additionally, some children have naturally curved or thick toenails that are more prone to becoming ingrown. Active children who frequently stub their toes or engage in sports may also experience this issue. Encouraging proper nail-trimming techniques and choosing appropriate footwear can significantly reduce the risk of ingrown toenails. If your child’s toenails are red or inflamed, it is strongly suggested that you confer with a chiropodist who can properly diagnose and treat this condition.

Ingrown toenails may require medical attention. If you have significant pain or notice signs of infection from an ingrown toenail, please consult with one of the specialists from Thornhill Foot Clinic. Our chiropodists will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Is an Ingrown Toenail? 

An ingrown toenail occurs when the edges of a toenail grow into the surrounding skin. The toenails of the big toe are usually affected, however, an ingrown toenail can happen on any toe. Sometimes, the area can become infected leading to potentially serious complications. The ingrown toenail may be caused by improper trimming of the toenail, wearing ill-fitting shoes, or injury to the nail.

Symptoms

The symptoms of an ingrown toenail include: 

  • Pain

  • Swelling

  • Redness

  • Warmth

  • Pus or drainage from the affected nail or a fever may indicate an infection of the area. 

Treatment

Treatment depends on the severity of the ingrown toenail. In less severe cases, home treatment may be adequate. Soaking the affected foot in warm water and gently lifting the nail from the skin with a piece of clean cotton can help. In more severe cases, you may need to use topical or oral antibiotics to treat an infection. Surgical removal of the ingrown toenail may be required if more conservative treatments fail. 

Ingrown toenails may be prevented by wearing well-fitted shoes and properly trimming the toenails. Toenails should be trimmed straight across and not too short when using nail clippers. 

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Do Your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

Athletes With Cuboid Syndrome

Cuboid syndrome is a common condition in athletes characterized by pain on the lateral side of the foot due to the displacement or subluxation of the cuboid bone. Symptoms include localized pain, swelling, and difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot. Diagnosis involves a physical examination where a doctor will look for tenderness surrounding the cuboid bone and may perform specific manipulative tests to assess the alignment of the bone. Imaging tests such as X-rays and MRI scans are often used to rule out fractures or other injuries. Treatment typically includes rest and elevation to reduce inflammation. A chiropodist can guide you toward specific stretching exercises to strengthen the surrounding muscles and improve flexibility. If you have developed pain in this part of your foot, it is suggested that you consult this type of healthcare care professional who can successfully diagnose and treat cuboid syndrome.

Cuboid syndrome, also known as cuboid subluxation, occurs when the joint and ligaments surrounding the cuboid bone in the foot become injured. If you think that you may have cuboid syndrome, please consult with one of the specialists from Thornhill Foot Clinic. Our chiropodists will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

Causes

The cuboid bone is one of the seven tarsal bones located in the foot. Cuboid syndrome develops when the cuboid bone moves down and out of alignment with the other bone (calcaneus bone) in the joint of the foot. Cuboid syndrome can be the result of a sudden injury like an ankle sprain, or it may develop slowly over time from repetitive tension through the bone and surrounding structures. 

Symptoms

The most common symptom of cuboid syndrome is pain on the outside of the foot which may worsen with activity. 

Other possible symptoms include: 

  • Difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot

  • Swelling

  • Sensitivity on the bottom of the foot

  • Reduced range of motion  

Diagnosis

A chiropodist can diagnose cuboid syndrome based on your medical history and a physical examination of the foot. Imaging studies, such as X-rays or MRIs, often fail to show the dislocated cuboid. 

Treatment

Treatment often includes resting, icing, compressing and elevating the affected foot, taping, wearing orthotic inserts, and taking anti-inflammatory medications to reduce pain. The chiropodist may also be able to manipulate the dislocated bone back into alignment.

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Symptoms and Causes of Sever’s Disease

Sever's disease, named after Dr. James Warren Sever who first described the condition in 1912, is a common cause of heel pain in growing children and adolescents. This condition primarily affects the heel's growth plate, an area at the back of the foot where new bone forms during growth spurts. Symptoms typically include pain and tenderness at the heel, which can be worsened by physical activity. The discomfort often increases with running, jumping, or other high-impact activities and might cause limping or difficulty walking. Sever's disease targets active children, particularly those aged eight to 14 during periods of rapid growth. The pain usually subsides with rest and decreases once the growth plates close as the child matures. Treatment focuses on reducing symptoms through rest, stretching exercises, and wearing supportive footwear to alleviate pressure on the heel. If your active child has heel pain, it is suggested that you visit a chiropodist who can successfully diagnose and treat Sever’s disease.

Sever’s disease typically affects young children and teenagers. If your child complains of foot pain, please consult with one of the specialists from Thornhill Foot Clinic. Our chiropodists will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Is Sever’s Disease? 

Sever’s disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is an inflammation of the growth plate in the heel bone. It is typically caused by overuse due to repetitive activities such as running, jumping, and playing certain sports. This condition most frequently affects children between the ages of 8 and 14. 

Symptoms

Symptoms of Sever’s disease include: 

  • Pain in the back or bottom of the heel

  • Pain when the sides of the heel are squeezed

  • Limping or walking on tiptoes to avoid putting pressure on the heel

  • Difficulty running, jumping, or participating in usual activities

  • Fatigue 

Diagnosis

Sever’s disease is diagnosed by taking a thorough medical history and performing a physical examination. Imaging studies, such as an X-ray, can help rule out other injuries like a fracture. 

Treatment

Sever’s disease typically heals without any long-term complications. Treatment involves resting the affected foot by reducing typical activities, wearing orthotics to support the foot, immobilizing the affected foot, taking medications to reduce pain and inflammation, and stretching the foot. 

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