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Ways to Prevent Foot Problems for Your Child

It’s never too soon to embark on foot care for your child. Inspecting your child’s feet regularly is a good first step to avoiding future foot problems. Observe the way your child moves to see if they are toeing in or out or have knock knees. Most children are born with flat feet but pay attention to the development of the arches once they start to walk. Maintaining good foot hygiene is a great way to teach your child the importance of having healthy feet. Wash and thoroughly dry their feet each day. Socks should be clean and changed, too. A child who is active in sports may need padded socks to help absorb moisture and prevent future heel problems. Encourage them to wear different pairs of shoes each day. Pay attention to your child’s weight, as obesity can have a negative effect on their feet. If you notice any abnormalities in your child’s feet or gait, it is a good idea to consult a chiropodist who can evaluate the situation and offer treatment options.


 

If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, please consult with one of the chiropodists from The Footcare Centre. Our chiropodists will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

Common Causes of Foot Pain in Children

While children can experience many of the same foot problems as adults do, some foot problems may be more common during childhood. 

Causes of foot pain in children can include:

  • Deformities that are present from birth, such as flat feet or clubfoot

  • Sever’s disease, which is an inflammation of the growth plate in the heel bone

  • Various sports injuries, such as sprains and fractures 

  • Ingrown toenails

  • Athlete’s foot

  • Plantar warts

Prevention

It is important to look after the health of children’s feet in order to prevent future problems from arising. Keep your child’s feet clean and dry, trim their toenails regularly, ensure their shoes fit properly, and keep a watchful eye on any symptoms of foot pain, such as limping. If you notice any symptoms or if your child complains of foot pain, a chiropodist can help. 

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

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