Children’s Foot Care with a Pediatric Podiatrist

When it comes to caring for children, foot care is one of the last thoughts crossing a parent’s mind.

You may assume your child is immune to foot ailments, but think again. As your young one grows, issues, such as ill-fitted shoes, infections, ingrown toenails, blisters, and more, can affect them in the same way as adults. These problems, however, are much more detrimental for children, significantly interfering with their normal growing process. That’s why it’s important to regularly check your child’s feet, says Pediatric Podiatrist, Dr. J. Todd Cox. Here’s his how-to guide on protecting your youngster’s paws for a lifetime of healthy.

It starts from the very beginning.

This may seem obvious, but like many crucial factors during early development, foot care helps a child, as the phrase states, “get off on the right foot.” Such attention aids in the growth of healthy feet, not to mention legs.

Examine Early.

From those initial days, it’s important to carefully examine your infant’s feet. Check for anything unusual, as early treatment can correct abnormalities that don’t go away on their own.

Swaddle them Softly.

The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) says that tight covers can hinder an infant’s natural sense of movement, therefore halting healthy leg, foot, and ankle growth. Loosen those covers, and let your child kick and stretch. This is an integral step, aiding babies in developing strong leg muscles for walking.

Go Shoeless.

As they begin to walk, let children roam their indoor territory shoeless. Doing so promotes healthy foot development.

When outside, however, children must wear shoes at all times to avoid injuries, such as splinters, cuts, and more.

Tips for Down the Road

Along with consulting a Pediatric Podiatrist, teaching your children how to best take care of their feet encourages great habits and cultivates wholesome skills, preventing foot issues that could potentially trouble them as adults.

Ensure Their Shoes Fit.

There’s nothing worse than a pair of shoes that strangle or don’t support. After all, our feet need all of the TLC they can get, especially when we walk an estimated 75,000 miles by the age of 50.

As children grow quickly, parents often make the mistake of purchasing shoes that are too small. This is an unfortunate choice, as improperly matched shoes can cause blisters, chafing, and other painful foot/ankle issues.

What we suggest is measuring your child’s feet every time you purchase a new pair of shoes. For children with flat feet or high arches, you can add an insole to their shoes to correct alignment. Not only that, some simple stretching exercises may benefit. Consult with Dr. J. Todd Cox, your Pediatric Podiatrist in Prescott, AZ, for your child’s healthiest options.

Wash Feet Regularly. 

Children are cute, but they certainly can be messy, feet included! Playtime may have yielded some rough aftermath, so avoid bacterial and fungal infections by cleaning and drying your child’s feet regularly.

Clean and Cover Cuts and Scratches. 

The numerous cuts, scratches, and scrapes accumulated from countless memories made are key components of any childhood. Letting wounds go uncovered and untreated, though, can result in infection and a possible turn for the worse. That said, wash wounds with soap and water, and cover them afterward with a breathable bandage until fully healed.

Watch Out for Ingrown Toenails.

Ingrown toenails can be painful and frustrating, especially for young ones. Escape any potential problem by cutting your child’s toenails straight across. If you notice signs of redness, swelling, and discomfort, contact Pediatric Podiatrist Dr. J. Todd Cox to schedule an appointment.

For Children with Diabetes, Schedule Routine Check-ups with your Pediatric Podiatrist. 

Diabetes is a condition that inhibits the body’s ability to regulate or generate insulin, a hormone created by the pancreas to foster healthy blood sugar levels. Although sufferers of the illness can regulate their glucose levels with modern technology, diabetes still impacts overall circulation, particularly on the body’s lower extremities, such as the legs and feet. Sores and wounds on the feet can take longer than normal to heal, causing, in extreme cases, gangrene and the possible loss of a limb.

Unfortunately, diabetic children aren’t immune to this reality. That’s why it’s ever so crucial to regularly consult with your Pediatric Podiatrist, who can best spot potential issues before it’s too late. Read more about diabetic foot care here.

Set up an appointment with Dr. J. Todd Cox today to discuss how we can best meet your child’s foot care needs.

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