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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.

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