Fall means a lot of things in Houston…80 degree temperatures instead of 90, pumpkins on our doorsteps and kids on the soccer field. I think soccer is a great sport for kids, but you do have to take a few precautions in order to avoid injuries to your child’s foot.
One of the most common problems soccer-playing children come into my Houston podiatrist office for is ingrown toenails. Even though ingrown toenails are fairly common, they are also pretty easy to avoid with proper toenail trimming, appropriately fitted soccer cleats and careful training.
The fit of children’s soccer cleats is key in avoiding ingrown toenails; older children that are very serious about the game often prefer a snug fit because they think it improves their feel for the ball and the field. The problem is, when cleats are tight, children’s toes will ram against the hard toe of the shoe repeatedly. When you factor in repeated pressure from ball kicking, the force, over time, could redirect the growth of the toenail.
In addition to ensuring that your child’s cleats fit properly, you should carefully monitor his or her toenail trimming. If you trim toenails in a fairly straight line and avoid trimming them too short, you should be able to avoid an ingrown toenail.
Sometimes, even with the greatest amount of care, your child will get an ingrown toenail. Although this condition is painful, don’t worry—with a simple procedure, I can correct the problem and get your son or daughter back on the soccer field in no time. Any time your child is experiencing foot pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider—as a podiatrist and a dad, I know how to heal their boo-boos without scaring them off of doctors forever.