However, bringing your children for regular chiropodist appointments can be even more effective for correcting and preventing foot problems than waiting until they are older.
The bones in a child’s feet start out as cartilage, and later develops into harder bony structures.
Some common foot problems that may develop in children are:
- in-toeing, also known as pigeon toes – the toes point inwards while walking
- out-toeing, or duck feet – toes point outwards while walking
- flat feet – low arches
- infections such as plantar warts or athletes foot
- ingrown toenails
These conditions will not always disappear without foot care. A chiropodist can make sure these conditions are corrected and your child’s feet develop properly and provide a solid, pain-free foundation for their future wellbeing.
Children and sports: maintaining foot health and preventing injury
The same principals of preventing sports injuries to your feet apply to children as well as adults.
Making sure your children are wearing the proper footwear for the sport they are playing and for their foot’s shape is a key factor in preventing foot strain and injuries.
No matter how many precautions you take against injuries, however, they do still happen. If your child sprains an ankle, jams their toes, or injures their feet or ankles in some other way, don’t just assume the injury will heal properly on it’s own.
Seek treatment from a chiropodist early. Knowing what the specific injury is and how best to treat it is the only way to make sure your child heals as well and as quickly as possible, and to avoid ongoing pain or weakness in the injured area.
At Step by Step Professional Family Foot Care, we can assess your child’s feet and determine if there are any potential problems developing. We can also provide advice on what features you should be looking for when buying athletic shoes, according to your child’s individual needs.
For an interesting read on maintaining foot health in active children, check out How Much Attention Do You Pay to Your Kids’ Feet? This article provides information from the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) which includes a chart which lists different sports along with common injuries and footwear features for each kind of activity.