Posts Tagged "pediatric foot care"

Pediatric Foot Care is Vital if Parents Care About Their Children’s Feet

Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 in Pediatric Foot Care

Have you ever noticed moms and dads counting their newborns’ fingers and toes? It’s a common practice and one that typically kicks off a lifetime of making sure that their children’s feet are developing properly. Speaking of which, how much do you know about your kids’ tootsies and pediatric foot care? If you feel it’s not enough, read on for a brief overview: According to all accounts, our feet start to develop roughly four weeks after conception and continue growing until our teenage years. That’s partially why it is so important to adopt a pediatric foot care routine early on in a child’s life. Such routines help to keep children’s feet safe and growing as they should. For example, you may notice that your one year old child’s feet don’t have any noticeable arches. Believe it or not, that’s perfectly normally because most of us don’t develop our arches until we are around three years of age. If a child doesn’t develop one by that time and is complaining of chronic foot pain, a Delray Beach podiatrist may recommend footwear that feature arch support or order a temporary cast. They may also suggest that the child engage in simple exercises or physical therapy to ease the pain and improve ambulation. Of course flat feet are not the only disconcerting podiatry issues that parents should look for as their children’s feet grow. The list of other problems includes, but isn’t confined to the following: Metatarsus Adductus and Ingrown Toenails Sever’s Disease and Achilles Tendon Vertical Talus and Ankle Fractures Plantar Warts and Athlete’s Feet Calluses, Ulcers and Corns That said, if children seem to have foot pain, problems ambulating, an unusual gait and feet that look to be in poor health, its best to contact a podiatrist immediately. Image courtesy of Taoty/...

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How Shoes Can Damage Children’s Feet – Pediatric Foot Care 101

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Pediatric Foot Care

Tiny children’s shoes are adorable, but the same cannot be said for the huge podiatric problems that are caused by some of them. At a time when the foot is still developing and easily affected, picking the right footwear is crucial. So, what makes a good shoe for children’s feet? The answer lies deeper than color and current fashion trends. Here are some things to look out for the next time you go shoe shopping with your little one: Roominess It is important to understand that feet grow fast–very fast–in children. At this stage in life, the foot is constantly developing and taking on a bigger size. Very tight shoes can affect that development and even cause deformities, and some Delray Beach podiatrists have even linked flat feet to closed-toe shoes. To avoid problems, find shoes that are roomy and flexible, and that resemble slippers or open-toed sandals. Simply put, shoes that imitate being barefoot are usually the most ideal for kids. Material Children’s feet perspire about 2 or 3 times more than adults, which make them susceptible to problems like fungus infections. Stick to breathable and durable materials like leather or canvas to keep the shoe well-ventilated and prevent it from becoming ruined by sweat. High Tops Whether they are romping around, playing, or exploring their surroundings, children are always on the move. In order to support their ankles and avoid injury, get shoes with high tops that cover the ankle area. Low top shoes that leave the ankle exposed leave your child in danger of falling the wrong way on their ankle or having a similar accident without any protection. Light Weight Avoid heavy, clunky footwear that will weigh your child’s foot down. Having a more lightweight shoe will be more comfortable and aid in learning to walk faster. The feet of your little one are important, so it goes without saying that picking shoes that will protect them from future foot problems is as well. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for answers to any and all of your foot care...

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