As a child grows into a young adult, their parents must take steps to ensure that they are doing all they can to protect the child’s feet. Children can be susceptible to a number of particular foot afflictions that can negatively impact their health. One foot condition that parents ought to be aware of is known as toe walking. Toe walking, also referred to as idiopathic toe walking, is a condition that occurs when a child continues to walk on their tiptoes beyond the age of 3. Although this might not sound like a problem to some, it should be noted that walking on one’s tiptoes for extended periods of time can lead to tight calves. Additionally, children who engage in toe walking might be restricting the extent to which their ankles can move freely. If your child engages in toe walking, contact a podiatrist today to schedule an appointment.
Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Kennedy Legel of Advanced Foot & Ankle Care Specialists. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Keeping Children’s Feet Healthy
Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider…
Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.
Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.
Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.
As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’.
As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.
Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.
Be watchful for any pain or injury.
Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.
Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Dallas, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.