What’s Ailing Your Kids’ Little Piggies?

Happy Mother Goose day, everybody! On this day celebrating nursery rhymes, I’m of course thinking of one of my favorites: This little piggy.

Almost every parent I know has played this fun little game with their kids, tickling a different toe for each “piggy,” then giving all-over tickles as the piggies go, “wee, wee, wee, all the way home.”

While this is a fun and silly little game, it becomes less enjoyable if your child is experiencing toe-pain.

Pain in the toes can be a big deal for kids as the business of childhood is running and playing and, unfortunately this kind of foot problem is quite common. Children are very prone to developing two 

problems that affect the toes—ingrown toenails and athlete’s foot (a fungal infection that can develop between the toes.)

Ingrown toenails are very painful because the sharp nail (usually on the big toe) grows into and cuts the skin of that toe. Repeated impact (like from kicking balls or outgrowing shoes) can inj

ure the nail and alter the course of its growth, causing this condition. Obviously, kids are often at risk of developing this problem.

Athlete’s foot is a fungus that can be picked up anywhere; it thrives in moist, sweaty socks and does its best when proper foot hygiene is not followed (something kids are often guilty of). If left untreated, it can spread quickly and cause serious discomfort.

When our children are young, we read them Mother Goose rhymes and play with their piggies. As they grow up, it’s our duty to protect those piggies (and the rest of our children’s feet) from pain. I hope you will allow me, as your Houston podiatrist, to help keep your children walking, running and playing without discomfort.


Dr. Andrew Schneider
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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