Children of all ages are prone to experiencing various foot and ankle conditions that should not be ignored. Active children in particular are more likely to sustain foot and ankle problems. Some conditions are more common than other conditions, such as flatfoot, Sever’s disease, clubfoot, bunions, and growth plate injuries. Many people make the mistake that children grow out of foot conditions. It is important that children receive an evaluation by a podiatrist to determine the diagnosis and whether or not they will require treatment.

Making sure that your child has the proper foot health is important as they grow up. If you have any questions contact Dr. Roy A. Rothman, DPM of Florida. Our doctor will treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Keeping Children’s Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet in childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care from birth to school-age.

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

  • Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet
  • Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’.

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet

  • Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus
  • Be watchful of any pain or injury
  • Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible
  • Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Debrary, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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