Ingrown Toenails in Babies

Ingrown toenails are a foot condition that develops when the toenails essentially grow inward into the skin surrounding the nail. Due to this nail growth, pain, irritation, and redness may result. New parents ought to be aware of this condition because it is possible for babies to suffer from ingrown toenails. Sometimes a baby can develop ingrown toenails if their nails are cut too short, as this can facilitate inward growth of the nail. Parents can prevent the growth of ingrown toenails by being sure not to cut the baby’s toenails in such a way that looks curved in shape. If you think that your baby might be suffering from an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you make an appointment to see a podiatrist. This foot specialist can examine your baby's feet and provide any treatment that might be necessary to care for the condition.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of Footcare Now. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.


  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition


Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.


Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Elmhurst Jackson Heights, and Astoria, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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