As a parent, you are constantly thinking about your child’s health and well-being. From monitoring their physical activities to their eating habits, parents can never be too cautious. While all these checks are necessary for your child’s development and overall health, their feet are often overlooked.
To make sure that young feet stay healthy, here are some key tips for parents:
- Daily foot inspections can ward off many concerns, especially for those with diabetes. Check for any abnormalities such as warts, bunions, hammertoes, ingrown toenails, cuts, and bruises. Early detection and timely corrections can help prevent many foot and ankle problems.
- Wash your feet every day with warm water and soap. Use a towel to dry your feet properly, especially between the toes. Keeping your feet dry and clean helps to keep infections from setting in.
- Proper shoes can go a long way in averting foot disorders, especially in children. Wear shoes that have wide-toe boxes and proper arch support. Children’s feet grow very fast. Their feet ought to be measured by a professional every time they buy new shoes.
- We all know how much kids love walking and running around barefoot, especially in the summer season. Their feet are at risk of an injury or infection.
Adopting these key foot care practices can help assure that your child’s feet stay happy and healthy. However, if problems persist, be sure to call a podiatrist for best results.
If your child is having a tough time communicating or articulating foot problems, call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. Our expert podiatrist Dr. Joseph C. Stuto and Dr. Joseph A. Stuto can help your child make the best decision for all your foot and ankle conditions. For more information, you can visit our patient library online.