Children’s Foot Care
We treat many children at The Foot & Ankle Centre for foot problems that can be avoided by good hygiene and proper foot care from an early age, such as:
- Clipping toenails straight across versus curved and keeping them short and clean, to prevent ingrown toenails.
- Drying feet thoroughly after bathing, showering or swimming — especially between the toes — to prevent athlete’s foot and other fungal and bacterial infections.
- Wearing cotton socks to absorb moisture and changing shoes often so they have a chance to dry/air out in between wearings, so neither can harbor fungal infections that thrive in moist,
- dark environments.
- Remembering to rub sunscreen all over the feet as part of your child’s sun protection. Foot melanoma — one of the most aggressive skin cancers — is hard to detect on the soles or between the toes.
- Keeping minor cuts, scrapes and scratches on the feet covered with a bandage after washing them with soap. It’s a myth that exposing injuries to fresh air will make them heal better, so protect them from germs by covering them until they’ve healed.
- Getting properly fitting shoes and checking your child’s shoe size multiple times during the year. Children’s feet grow rapidly, and shoes that are too tight can cause blisters, corns, calluses and ingrown nails that can become infected.
Parents should take their child to a Podiatrist if the child complains about foot pain for more than a few days and it is impeding his or her participation in sports and other active pursuits.
If the child keeps taking their shoes off, there’s a good chance that his or her shoes are causing foot pain. If the shoe is sized correctly for the child’s feet, the pain may be caused by poor foot alignment or weight distribution within the shoe, which Dr. Haber can remedy with a custom-molded orthotic insert.
While it’s normal for toddlers to walk on their toes, if it persists after Age 2 they should be evaluated by a Podiatrist to determine if they have tight achilles tendons. Once diagnosed, Dr. Haber can recommend stretching exercises or physical therapy to avoid the need for surgical correction.
There’s many drugstore remedies for warts, but often they don’t offer a permanent solution and take too long to deliver results. At The Foot & Ankle Center, we offer several effective, non-surgical treatment options for warts, such as laser, acid therapy and cryotherapy
Early attention and treatment of your child’s foot problems can alleviate his or her discomfort now and prevent many common adult foot problems later on, so call our office for an appointment for your child today!