By Aarti Kumar, DPM, AACFAS, DABPM
Children’s Foot Care
As we spring forward, our little ones are looking forward to starting sports and outdoor activities again. Make sure they are stretching before activity to allow their muscles from becoming sore later in the day. Pay close attention to their shoes to ensure proper fit to avoid issues like irritation and blister formation from ill fitting shoes.
When buying shoes for our little ones, it is important to consider a few important pointers– it should have a sturdy, noncollapsible heel counter, rigid midsole and flexible near the toes. Children’s feet are constantly growing without a specific pattern and they may not necessarily complain about shoes being tight so get into the habit of checking to see if there is adequate spacing left between the toe box and toes. Do not forget to make sure the socks are fitting well also. Another important factor is to check for a specific wear pattern. If the soles are wearing out too much on the inside or outside, it can indicate gait abnormality which may require orthotics and other intervention after evaluation.
Other common pediatric pathologies we see are ingrown toenails, warts and foot injuries from sprains to fractures.
If you have any questions about your child’s gait, shoes or foot care, please do not hesitate to make an appointment at one of our locations!