FIND SOLUTIONS TO FEET ISSUES FOR YOUR CHILDREN
Podiatrists can help treat common foot problems among children
What causes plantar warts in a child?
ALL warts are caused by a type of human papillomavirus.
Warts are more common in children than adults, but they can occur at any age.
A person is more at risk for warts if he or she has:
● Close contact with someone who has warts;
● A weak immune system.
Plantar warts occur when the virus enters the body through cuts or breaks in the skin and causes growths to build up on the soles of the feet.
Plantar warts are not dangerous, but they can be painful and resistant to treatment.
You should seek treatment from a podiatrist if your child’s plantar warts:
● Are painful;
● Cause problems with normal activities; ● Are embarrassing;
● Are at risk of spreading infection to siblings or others.
Ingrown toenails in children
Ingrown toenails are a common, painful condition that frequently affects children and adolescents.
It occurs when skin on the side of a nail grows over the edge of the nail, or when the nail itself grows into the skin. This condition is usually very painful and can be associated with infection of the toe.
Some ingrown toenails are chronic, with repeated episodes of pain and infection.
Two major causes of ingrown toenail are poorly fitting school shoes and improperly trimmed nails. Shoes that are too tight or narrow press on the sides of the nail and encourage it to press in against the adjacent skin.
Nails that are trimmed down into the corners, cut too short or picked at, chewed or peeled off are also more likely to become ingrown.
The big toe is most commonly affected in children and these are the most common symptoms:
● Pain when any pressure is placed on the toe, especially inside an enclosed shoe;
● Redness of the skin surrounding the nail;
● Localised swelling and inflammation;
● Overgrowth of skin (proud flesh) at the side of the nail;
● Discharge or drainage, including blood or pus;
● Throbbing pain in the toe.
Treatment for an ingrown toenail will depend upon the severity of the ingrown nail and whether it is the first episode or if it is a recurring problem.
If your child is experiencing repeated episodes of ingrown toenails they may need treatment by a qualified podiatrist.
It is always wise to consult a podiatrist in regards to your children's feet health.