Back to school foot check
By drsaffer
September 07, 2010
Category: Pediatric

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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