Some children develop sweaty sock syndrome which is also known as juvenile plantar dermatosis. Symptoms can include redness and scaly skin on the bottom of the feet. This condition is commonly seen in boys who are 4-8 years old, but it has also affected children who range from 3 to 15 years old. Juvenile plantar dermatosis can become chronic, sometimes lasting for about 3 years, but it generally dissipates as the child reaches puberty. Going from moist to dry conditions is thought to contribute to sweaty sock syndrome, but the actual cause is not clear. It is commonly noticed on the big toe, ball of the foot, and the heel as those places bear the most weight. The skin appears red, shiny, and smooth, but sometimes develops cracks. Home remedies suggest wearing breathable shoes, avoiding plastic or rubber footwear, and moisturizing the feet at night with petroleum jelly. If your child’s condition persists or worsens, please consult with a podiatrist who can better evaluate the problem and offer further treatment options.
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.
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