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School’s out and most children are all too happy to trade back packs and homework for days by the pool or beach and other summertime fun. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we want to caution parents about foot problems that we see a particular increase in during summer months in children and how to prevent them. 

Injuries—being footloose in the summer can increase the risk of injury. Many children love to run barefoot but this means a greater chance of puncture wounds and cuts from sharp items that may be hidden in the grass or sand. Even lake bottoms can contain jagged rocks and glass and for this reason water shoes are recommended. Another cause of injuries and foot pain is the overuse of flip flops. Although fine at the pool, flip flops provide no arch support and also do not cushion your heels. Children from the ages of 8 all the way up to their mid-teens are still growing new bone in the heel and repetitive pounding without protection can inflame the growth plate and lead to a condition known as Sever’s Disease. Due to the flimsy design of flip flops, tripping and toe scraping are other frequent occurrences.

Fungal Infections—going barefoot also puts your child at risk for fungal infections and warts. Summertime is prime time for the viruses, fungi and bacteria that lead to athlete’s foot and fungal toenails. Warm, moist, dark places are where these culprits thrive. These types of conditions are spread by direct contact so be sure to make sure your kids do use flip flops or water shoes at the pool, in changing areas, gyms, dance studios and any place else where people are likely to walk barefoot. Make sure children change their socks daily and air out shoes and sneakers between wearings.

Sunburn—don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your children’s feet just as often as you do to the rest of their bodies. Not only is sunburn painful, it can lead to melanoma and other skin cancers later in life.

Ingrown Toenails—we usually think of new shoes and sneakers for going back to school but be sure to monitor your child’s foot size over the summer. Toes that are jammed into shoes that are too small and squeezed together for extended periods of time have a greater tendency to become ingrown.

Of course, if despite your best efforts to protect your child’s feet an injury or foot condition develops, our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, is ready to help. Contact our Washington office for a convenient appointment by calling: and we’ll have your child back to summer fun in no time!

 
By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
September 15, 2016

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and at Philip S. Pinsker we want to support this important cause because we know how much being overweight can adversely affect your podiatric health. Our children need to develop good health habits now to carry into their adult lives. Consider these alarming statistics:

  • Over 23 million American children and teenagers are overweight

  • This represents a fourfold increase in the last 40 years among youth ages 6 to 11

  • Almost one third of our children are at early risk for high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke—medical threats usually found only in adulthood

The Connection Between Feet and Weight

In addition to having many more complaints of foot and ankle pain, patients who are overweight have an increased risk of the following conditions:

Also, many other foot conditions are made worse or take longer to heal if you are carrying excess weight.

Make a Change

You can model healthy behaviors and help your children (and yourself) get to and maintain a healthy weight by making some simple changes:

  • Increase physical activity—take walks, go bike riding, hiking, roller or ice skating. Try new activities together as a family that will help make fitness fun

  • Add more steps to your daily life—take the stairs instead of the elevator, park at the far end of the lot, walk while you talk on the phone

  • Reduce the amount of sugar in your diet (check labels, it’s hiding in products you wouldn’t expect like tomato sauce and salad dressing)

  • Drink more water and less juice and soda

Last but not least, remember that your foot doctor is your partner in healthcare. If you have concerns or questions about other ways to be proactive in the health of your feet, make an appointment to see Dr. Philip S. Pinsker in our Washington office by calling: (724) 225- 7410.

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
January 22, 2016

When it comes to your children’s health, you may not think much about their feet, but imagine what life would be like if they had difficulty walking or couldn’t run or jump or even stand for long periods of time. Your child’s feet deserve serious attention. At Philip S. Pinsker, D.P.M., we believe in taking a proactive approach when it comes to the health of your child’s feet. Here are some ways parents can protect their children’s foot health:

  • Periodically inspect your child’s feet. Look for changes in shape and color or any growths or swelling. Look for abnormal toe position or any part of the foot or ankle that looks unusual.
  • Make sure your child’s shoes fit properly. Shoes should be roomy with at least half an inch between the toes and the end of the shoe. Children’s feet tend to grow quickly. Check often to make sure they have not outgrown their shoes and listen if they tell you that their shoes are hurting them.
  • Establish a good hygiene routine. Children love to go barefoot. Warts, fungal toenails, athlete’s foot are all caused by viruses or fungi that are transmitted by direct contact. Washing feet daily and drying completely can help prevent some of these infections. Clip your child’s toenails straight across and discourage them from peeling them off because this can lead to ingrown toenails. As your children get older, teach them to take over their own foot hygiene.
  • Follow safe sports practices. Many children today are suffering from foot conditions that are caused by overuse. Make sure if your child participates in sports that there are rest periods and that they are not overdoing it. Be sure that they have the appropriate shoes for the sport they are doing and that they are refitted each season. Young bones that are not fully grown can suffer stress fractures and heel pain may be a sign of Sever’s Disease, which is an inflammation of the growth plate at the back of the heel that often shows up in children ages 8—14.
  • Be observant. Watch your children when they walk and run. Do you notice any changes in their gait? Has your child stopped participating in activities that they used to enjoy? Are they falling frequently or having difficulty keeping up with their friends when they’re playing? Any of these may be signs that your child has a foot or ankle problem and should be investigated.

Finally, remember that no pain is “normal.” If your child complains of any discomfort in their feet or ankles, make an appointment at our conveniently located Washington, PA office by calling (724) 225- 7410. Our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker will work with you to help ensure that your child’s feet will serve them well their whole life.