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Ingrowing toenail in eight year old, any one treated this?

(7 Posts)
fufflebum Mon 17-Jun-13 20:16:24

Dd has an ingrowing toe nail diagnosed two years ago, back at podiatrist today and it appears there may be another one in her other big toe.

Podiatrist has suggested putting tissue under the toes (between toe nai and skin so that the nail grows over this and not in to skin). She also provided two silicon toe dividers to separate big toes from second toe.

I asked about op as although they are not infected it does not seem practical to continue this treatment in the long term. DD not keen for you to touch her toe let alone do this every day.

I was going to push for op- podiatrist was of opinion that it is a traumatic thing for daughter to have. I feel if handled well (with me preparing dd) it should be better than the limitations that the ingrowing toe nail causes. Dd goes dancing once a week and podiatrist seemed to suggest she should 'cut down in this'!

In short has anyone had any experience if ingrowing toe nails in their kids and how did they handle it?


fufflebum Mon 17-Jun-13 20:36:41


twilight81 Mon 17-Jun-13 21:34:23

I don't know but watching with hope that somebody does, my daughter (10) has been suffering repeatedly with this and they keep getting infected, the GP doesn't offer any solutions.

NumTumDeDum Mon 17-Jun-13 21:43:52

I have had the operation on both sides of both big toes. I was an adult but the procedure will be the same. I suffered horribly with them throughout childhood and repeatedly had anti biotics for infections where I had tried digging them out myself. If they are particularly bad then the tissue treatment won't work. I had mine on the nhs. One was totally successful and I have a neat nail on my right big toe. The left was successful in that I no longer have an ingrowing toenail, but unfortunately my nailbed was damaged and now I have no toenail. Although unsightly, I personally think it preferable to having the constant pain and pus I used to have. I think I was probably unlucky as the right toe is perfect. In terms of the procedure an anaestetic is injected into the toe knuckle then then the nail is cut down the side, to the root and pulled out. A chemical is then inserted to kill off that part of the root. Toe bandaged and left to heal. There is quite a bit of swelling and it will hurt when the anaestetic wears off.

fufflebum Tue 18-Jun-13 12:15:55

Thanks for replies.

Torn between trying to monitor situation knowing it is likely that in time it may get worse, or pushing for op.

No infection etc in either toe, and DD is a bit vague about pain which makes me wonder how bad it is.

Any one have any other info that may be helpful


fufflebum Tue 18-Jun-13 17:34:33


fufflebum Tue 18-Jun-13 20:06:36


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