24 Aug Foot Care for Children
Treat Children’s Foot Problems Early
You might think that only adults suffer from common foot problems like an ingrown nail, fungal nail or bunions, but these conditions can occur at any age. Healthy children enjoy sports and playing outdoors, but these activities can also cause problems like sprains, strains, and warts. When you see a slowdown in activity or other signs of pain, it’s time to do a careful check of your child’s feet.
Fortunately, there’s a Loudoun County podiatrist who specializes in children’s foot care. You and your child will both feel comfortable in Dr. Shuman’s warm, child-friendly clinic.
Common Pediatric Foot Problems
Flat feet. Almost all children have flat feet in their growth years. Foot arches generally form by the time a child is four or five years old. If your child is in school and has not yet developed arches, it’s time to call a podiatrist. Untreated flat feet that never develop proper arches can lead to a lifetime of problems including hammertoes, bunions, and arthritis.
The best treatment for flat feet is custom orthotics, fitted and prescribed by a foot health professional. Orthotics will coax the foot muscles to align into the correct shape and form an arch. This will ease pressure on the ligaments, stop the pain and allow the foot to heal. Your child should use the orthotics regularly and also wear comfortable, supportive shoes.
Plantar warts. Plantar warts are caused by a virus and are highly contagious. Children can catch them from friends or family members. They can also catch the virus from shared showers and locker rooms.
Unlike warts that show on the hands or other parts of the body, warts that appear on the feet don’t respond to over-the-counter remedies. A podiatrist can prescribe topical treatments that eradicate the wart over several weeks. This treatment also spurs the body’s immune system to help fight the virus.
Bunions. Although they’re often associated with older people, bunions can happen in children, especially those with untreated flat feet. As the foot compensates for walking with flat feet, the foot bones push the big toe forward, creating a painful bump.
Treatment for bunions will include custom orthotics to correct the flat feet. Your child may also want to wear shoes that are extra-wide or even a full size larger, to make room for the bony bump.
Early Treatment and Care Matters!
Sever’s disease. Children who play sports are more likely than others to develop this painful bone condition. It is caused by a strained Achilles tendon. If you see your child limping or they complain of severe heel pain, don’t ignore it. Sever’s disease can lead to permanent foot problems if left untreated.
Spotting the Symptoms
Be sure to consult a podiatrist if you notice any of the following symptoms. Early intervention can prevent these problems from becoming serious.
- Your child complains of ankle, foot or heel pain.
- He or she seems to tire easily.
- Your child refuses to walk and demands to be carried everywhere.
- He or she limps or shows other signs of difficulty walking.
- Even minor problems like an ingrown nail and fungal nail can lead to more serious conditions if they’re not treated.
Child-Friendly Foot Care
At Shuman Podiatry and Sports Medicine, we provide a warm and supportive setting where children and parents will feel at ease. We explain everything clearly and patiently and make our treatments as simple and painless as possible.
Don’t put off visiting a podiatrist if your child is suffering from foot or heel pain. Call Dr. Shuman today and discover why thousands of Loudoun County families rely on us to treat their feet.