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Pay Attention to Children’s Foot Problems

Children’s foot problems often go undiagnosed because parents do not know what to pay attention to, or they believe their kids will outgrow the problems. Ankle and foot ailments can be common in children because they are so physically active, but it can be easy to overlook these things because kids are so resilient. Parents should watch for symptoms of common foot and ankle problems among children. These problems include ankles turning in more than usual, pain, the arch of the foot flattening, cramping, limping, or a change in the activity level of the child. Children who participate in sports are most apt to experience foot and ankle issues. If your child exhibits the symptoms described above, consult with a podiatrist so that the risk of problems turning into more serious or chronic conditions is mitigated. 

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Shawn Echard, DPM of Laurel Podiatry LLC. Our practitioner can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Greensburg and Somerset, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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