We will help you understand all about proper foot care, treatment options, and different foot problems.
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When Should I Buy a Baby Her First Pair of Shoes?
You should buy your baby his or her first shoe once they are confidently walking around the house. When they are in the house, let them go barefoot, but if you are planning to go out and let baby walk, it's time for shoes!
Make sure to go to a reputable store for your child's first pair of shoes. They should be measured by a professional, both in length and width. Many babies are not too fond of the shoe buying experience so a good tip is to trace your child's foot onto a blank piece of paper while they are happily standing at home. The child must be standing. You can bring this to the store to help if your child gets impatient.
Make sure the shoe is breathable, lightweight and has flexible soles. The best material is leather, canvas or cotton. Plastic shoes can make your child's feet sweat leading to other problems. You want your child to walk comfortably in the shoes without it sliding off their feet. You want to have space in the front of the shoe so your child's feet can grow.
Is There a Permanent Treatment for Flat Feet?
There are many treatment options available for flat feet. The treatment can range from conservative options to more invasive surgical options. The best choice for you or your child would depend on what you're trying to accomplish and how much time you can take for recovery.
Conservative treatments such as orthotics are effective, safe and begin to work immediately. They do not require any down time. However, orthotics are only effective when they are being used. This can be frustrating when you are walking barefoot or wearing shoes, like sandals or slippers, that do not accommodate orthotics. This can also be a worry for parents whose children may not always remember the orthotic.
Other surgical options can be invasive and require weeks and weeks of down time. While surgical interventions are permanent, they of course come with risk of side effects like any other surgery.
Another minimally invasive and permanent solution to flat feet is a procedure called HyProCure. HyProCure requires minimal down time and side effects. It is credited to being a more natural surgical treatment for flat feet. The procedure only takes about 30 minutes.
Talk to your doctor to determine which treatment option is the best for you or your child based on lifestyle.
How Do I Know If My Child's Shoes Fit?
There are some easy ways to make sure your child's shoe is fitting properly. For starters, your child should be absolutely comfortable in the shoe. Your child should play, run and jump as they normally would. The first sign of a shoe that doesn't fit properly is when your child begins sitting out of activities they love or requests to be held or carried. Your child should be walking and playing normally. In addition, your child's foot should not be sliding up and down in the back of the shoe. Lastly, when you remove your child's shoe at the end of the day, you shouldn't notice any red marks, blisters, or tender spots.
These are some simple ways to notice quickly if your child's shoe doesn't fit. You should always have your child's foot measured by a professional. A shoe store that specializes in children's shoes or a Certified Pedorthist are your best choices for an accurate measure. If you notice any of these symptoms in your child that do not go away after a new, properly fitted shoe, you should bring your child in to see a podiatrist.
What are Some Warning Signs to Look for if My Child has Misaligned Feet?
If your child has misaligned feet, there are many signs as a parent you will notice.
- Your child has fallen arches, or flat feet which doesn’t have the typical arch.
- He/she may resist or avoid normal physical activities, runs significantly slower and/or is less coordinated than other children.
- They may want to be held and carried longer and more often.
- If their shoe laces come untied more than normal this is due to the foot rolling inward into the ankle.
- At bed time, your child may experience growing pains and/or wakes up shortly after falling asleep from pain in their legs.
- Lastly, if you see a lot of your kids’ toes when viewing him/her from behind this is another warning sign.
What is Sever’s disease?
Sever’s disease is a common cause of heel pain in growing kids. It’s an inflammation of a growth plate in children. It usually affects children between the ages of 8 and 14 years old, because the heel bone (calcaneus) is not fully developed until at least age 14. This type of condition can occur in one or both feet. The heel’s growth plate is sensitive to repeated running and pounding on hard surfaces, resulting in muscle strain and inflamed tissue. Due to this sensitivity, active kids are more vulnerable to this condition. Walking typically makes the pain worse. At Family Foot & Ankle Specialists we provide the best care for your child!
How Can I Prevent My Child From Getting Warts?
It is important we take proper precautions to prevent ourselves from developing warts. Warts are most contagious in communal showers, bathtubs, swimming pools, and Jacuzzi areas because they harbor the virus in the moist environment. Therefore, with the nice weather arriving, it is extremely important to wear shoes at all times. Also, do not share socks or shoes, and avoid direct contact with warts on other parts of the body or on other people. If you have a wart, make sure it is covered if you are going swimming or are walking barefoot, so you do not spread this virus.
Lastly, to avoid getting warts again, keep your feet clean and dry. Family Foot & Ankle Specialists highly recommends for you to inspect your feet frequently for new warts. Warts can increase in size and number so if you have a wart, you should see a podiatrist as soon as possible!
Why Does My Child Walk on Their Toes?
There are a few reasons your child might be walking on their toes. Common causes of "toe walking" include short heel cords and flat feet. Without the the heels cords being able to allow the child's foot to extend all the way, the are forced to walk on their toes. Likewise, children with flat feet walk on their toes to compensate for stability.
Treatments for toe walking include stretching of the heel cord so the child is able to extend their foot and and orthotics. Children's orthotics will allow the child to gain more stability and control. In a worst case scenario, your child may need surgery to fix the tight heel cord.
We recommend having your child examined if they are toe walking. The best way to treat children's foot problems is to begin treatment early. To make your appointment today, click here.
Will My Child Outgrow Pigeon-Toe?
Many parents are told by their pediatricians that their child will outgrow in-toeing, often called pigein-toe. However, often times your child will not outgrow pigeon toe and while waiting to see if he or she does, it can cause a slew of other problems. Bunions, hammertoes, knee and back problems can all be caused from not treating pigeon- toe.
The treatment for pigeon toe is often simple and pain free so if your child has in-toeing, call your local podiatrist.
Can Children Get Achilles Tendonitis?
Yes, children can have Achilles Tondonitis, however, it is rare. The Achilles tenodon is the longest tendon in the body starting at the heel and connecting all the way to calf. Children more commonly have a condition called severs disease. Usually children experience severs disease from overuse, a biological condition, and "growing pains".
It is always best to get yoour children looked at by a podiatrist whenever they are experiencing pain in their feet. Treating children's problems eary will decrease the risk of the problem getting worse or from the problem causing other and worse problems.
Can Children get Heel Pain?
Yes, children can get heel pain. Usually referred to as sever's disease- a condition developed from an injury to the growth plate. This can effect children with high arches or low arches. When the muscles in the calf are tight it causes the Achilles tendon to become tight causing strain on the growth plate.
If your child begins to sit out of normal activities, wants to be carried more often, or complain their feet hurt don't ignore them! To prevent serious foot problems from beginning in children or to prevent their current problem from getting worse, children should be seen by a doctor. You might hear these are "normal growing pains" but without the evaluation from a doctor, you don't know and could be ignoring a serious problem.
Does Family Foot & Ankle Specialists Treat Children?
Yes, here at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists, we treat everyone! Athletes, seniors, children, women and men; if you have a foot problem or would like to prevent a foot problem, we are the people to call.
Children are especially important, because most podiatric issues are preventable with the right care. Small issues you let slide now, can lead to greater problems in the future, such as joint issues, problems walking, foot, knee and back pain. It is essential to take care of any foot problems as soon as possible so they do not continue to get worse.