Posts for category: Pediatric
Ingrown toenails occur when the toenail starts to curve into the skin along the side of the nail. There a number of reasons that ingrown toenails can develop. Just like you inherit genes for eyes and hair color you can also inherit that way your toenails grow. The way your toenail is shaped can cause you to be more prone to developing ingrown nails. Playing sports and wearing a tighter toe box shoe can also cause ingrown nails from the constant pressing of the skin into the nail. If you notice your child complaining of pain around their toenail, look for signs of an ingrown nail such as sweilling and redness around the skin surrounding the nail. Initially home treatment such as soaking in Epsom salts and applying antibiotic ointment can help to soften the skin surrounding the nail. Using a band-aide can help to protect and alleviate pressure in shoes which could increase the severity of pain. If the puffiness or redness in the skin persists, then you should call and make an appointment. Attempting to remove the ingrown nail at home bathroom surgery) is risky and could potentially cause an infection.
Feel free to contact us at our West Ashley or Mt. Pleasant offices for same day/week appointments. Carolinafootspecialists.net
Check Children's Feet Before School Starts -
Back to school season is underway, and we would like to offer some advice to parents regarding their children's feet.
Take five minutes to inspect your children's feet for problems that could sideline your son or daughter from sports or other activities.Parents should look for the following warning signs:
1) Do your child shoes show uneven wear patterns on the sole of the shoe?
2) Does your child walk irregularly? Is one leg longer than the other or do their feet turn in or out excessively?
3) If your child is in pre-school do they walk on their toes?
4) Does your child often trip or stumble?
5) Does your child complain of tired legs, night pains and cramping?
Following this checklist can uncover common problems like ingrown toenails to more serious problems like flat feet. If your child's shoe is worn on the big toe side of their foot, it could be a sign of poor arch support or flat feet.
Parents can spot several potential foot problems by observing how their kids walk. If you find out one of your child's legs is longer than the other, heel lifts may be required to restore proper balance. Early intervention can prevent scoliosis, a curvature of spine, later in life.
Younger children can often walk on their toes because of tightness in their Achilles tendon. This can happen when toddlers spend too much time in walkers. A foot and ankle surgeon can recommend stretching exercises that can be fun for small children and help prevent lower back pain as they get older.
For older children beginning college, heel pain and shin splints can plague freshmen not used to walking long distances across campus to attend classes. We typically see students every fall complaining about pain from walking so much everyday. For most students, daily stretching and proper walking shoes can solve the problem. If there are foot deformities like hammertoes, surgery may be advised to make walking more comfortable.
If your chldren are complaining about tired legs, heel pain or leg or foot cramps at night, consider that a warning sign and see a doctor. Leg and foot pain can indicate flat feet or other disorders that are easier to treat the earlier they're diagnosed.
Children with flat feet are at risk for arthritis later in life if the problem is left untreated.
For more information on various foot conditions in children please visit our website at carolinafootspecialists.net
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