Pediatric Foot Care
There are many worries that can become part of life once a child enters your world. As a parent, you work hard to make sure he or she eats right, brushes their teeth, dresses for the weather, stays safe outside, and finishes their homework and more. It is a big job, but one that is also full of joy and reward. Our goal is to make sure that you are aware of the foot problems and conditions in your children’s feet. Knowledge, prevention, and proactive treatment with our team of pediatric foot care experts will set the stage for your child living an active life with healthy feet.
In the Beginning
Babies’ feet are different from adults’ as they are soft and flexible. Their bones are still undeveloped and made mostly of cartilage. Their feet are also usually wide and flatter. It is generally a good idea for toddlers to walk around in bare feet at home. The shape of the foot is going to solidify and an arch will form as they learn to walk—going barefoot helps the muscles and tissues in the foot to develop and strengthen. Your child’s feet will grow quickly and you will be able to witness how they get stronger as they start to move and walk.
With age, the cartilage hardens into regular bone tissue throughout their years in school. Full maturity does not complete until the later teen years.
Care and Monitoring
When young ones begin to walk, their gait is often a little wobbly. You may also notice that children sometimes walk on their toes or display a slight intoeing. Both of these are habits many grow out of. However, those actions may warrant a visit with our office if you notice your child is still displaying them on a continuing basis. The best way to care for little feet is to check them regularly for any new symptoms or changes.
Measure your kids’ feet often so you are sure they are in the correct size of footwear. While it is tempting to pass down shoes from other siblings, they may have different foot structures and the stability of the shoe itself can break down over time. If your children are active, it is imperative they are equipped with the appropriate footwear for their sport and that you monitor the intensity and frequency of their activities. Active children are at risk for overuse injuries such as sprains, strains, stress fractures, and conditions such as Sever’s disease. Do not attribute discomfort to simple “growing pains.” An injury left untreated could turn into a serious complication that may affect your child’s foot health as an adult.
If you have any concerns about your little one’s feet, contact Capital District Podiatry for answers or treatment. Prompt attention and care will help your child avoid uncomfortable problems later in life. Our expert staff is trained to treat any age with care and compassion—make an appointment with Dr. Tejas Pandya by calling our Troy, NY, office at (518) 273-0053 today.