You’re never too young to start practicing healthy foot care techniques. We often think of foot conditions as only affecting older people, but people of all ages can benefit from healthy foot care techniques. Take a moment to read about the following foot conditions that commonly affect children and talk to your kids about how to prevent them.
If your child develops an ingrown toenail, it’s unlikely to go on for very long before you hear about it. The pain of an ingrown toenail can squeeze tears from even the toughest of kids. Still, keep an eye out for swollen, red skin around the cuticles of your kids’ toenails. When left untreated, an ingrown toenail can result in a more severe infection. Prevent ingrown toenails by:
Avoiding tight-fitting shoes
Ripping toenails – always use clippers to trim
Stubbing toes by kicking a ball or other toy with direct impact on toe
Do your kids play on sports team that requires them to use a public locker room? Or maybe they love to explore outside with no shoes on? If either of these scenarios apply to your kids, they may be at risk of developing athletes’ foot. Athletes’ foot is a fungal infection that is often picked up from warm, damp areas. Signs of athlete’s foot include bumps, cracked skin, and stink feet. Keep the fungus away by:
Always drying feet thoroughly
Wearing shower shoes or flip-flops in public locker rooms
Changing sweaty socks throughout the day
Plantar warts aren’t quite as highly contagious as athletes’ foot, but they can be trickier to get rid of. If your kids love playing barefoot, make a habit of checking their feet periodically for bumps harboring tiny black dots under the balls of their feet. More importantly, teach them to prevent plantar warts by:
Never sharing shoes – especially those worn without socks
Limit time playing barefoot in dirty areas
Regularly washing and keeping a supply of clean socks
Prevention is the first step to healthy feet, but the reality is that at some point in all of our lives, we will encounter some complications with our feet. When that time comes, it’s important to have a relationship with a podiatrist that understands your lifestyle and knows how to best treat you. Our board-certified podiatrists are ready to work with you and your children today. With offices all over the Houston area, including Northwest Houston, Northeast Houston, Tomball, Liberty Dayton, The Woodlands, Atascocita, Cleveland and Livingston, find a podiatrist in your area has never been easier. Make an appointment online or call Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston (281) 444-4114.