Child Foot Problem: Why Its Important to Look Early

Why it’s important to start early looking after your child’s feet.

Keeping Your Child’s Feet Healthy

It’s important to start looking after your kids’ feet as early as possible. Keeping your kids’ feet healthy now, will ensure they avoid foot problems later on in life.

Here are some tips to help your kids’ feet stay healthy for longer:

Get them to go barefoot

Encouraging kids to walk around barefoot, wherever possible, is best thing for growing feet. It helps the muscles develop and get stronger and allows air to circulate around the entire foot.

Wash them daily

Kids’ feet need to be washed and dried very well every day – especially between the toes. It is very easy for kids to develop a fungal infection, like athlete’s foot, if their feet are constantly sweaty and moist.

Keep their toenails trimmed

Always cut kids’ toenails in a straight line and never try to cut around the corners, which can lead to in-grown toenails. Toenails that are too long can dig into other toes, or into the shoe, and cause a lot of discomfort.

Choose the right socks

Socks that are too small can constrict feet and affect circulation. Socks should be made of at least 50 % natural fibers, such as breathable wool or cotton.

Get the right shoe size

As soon as you suspect that your kids’ shoes are too small, don’t wait! Replace shoes that no longer fit straight away to avoid damaging your child’s feet.

Common foot problems in kids

Follow the above tips to avoid most of the common foot problems that can affect kids. Some of these include:

  • Corns – an accumulation of hard skin caused by excess pressure from shoes that are too tight
  • Bunions – inflammation of the big toe joint
  • Ingrown toenails – when the edge of the toenail grows down into the skin of the toe – this can be caused by incorrect toenail cutting or by shoes that are too small
  • Athlete’s foot – a fungal infection that comes about due to sweaty feet that are not washed and dried properly.

Contact our offices Laurel Foot & Ankle Center or Northern Virginia Foot & Ankle Associates and schedule an appointment today.

To learn more about Diabetes and your feet, go to Heel Pain Institute of America or Laurel Foot & Ankle Center or Northern Foot & Ankle Associates.

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