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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
February 14, 2018

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, we treat patients of all ages. One group that has its own unique conditions and concerns are children. Children are very active, not always very concerned with good hygiene, and their feet are growing and developing rapidly. These characteristics make them more prone to these specific foot health issues:

Plantar Wart—caused by the human papilloma virus, these warts usually develop on the bottom of the foot. You may not notice a wart in this location until your child begins to complain of pain in the foot. Plantar warts grow deep into the skin and can make it uncomfortable for your child to walk or stand. Warts (along with athlete’s foot and fungal infections) are spread by direct contact. Encourage your child not to go barefoot (especially in public places) and not to share shoes, socks, towels and other items that touch another child’s feet.

Ingrown Toenails—children tend to peel the tips of their toenails off rather than wait for a parent to trim them. This can result in a nail that starts to grow down and into the skin. Children’s feet grow very fast and often times they may be wearing shoes that are too tight for a while before a parent realizes they need a bigger size. This squeezing together of the toes also increases the risk for ingrown nails. If the nail actually breaks the skin an infection can develop.

Pediatric Flatfoot—when children are toddlers and first begin to walk, the arch of their foot is not always obvious due to baby fat. In young children, an arch should be visible but flat feet can be difficult for a parent to detect. An awkward appearance when your child runs or walks may be a tip-off as well as complaints of cramping or pain in their feet, knees or legs.

Sever’s Disease—not actually a disease at all but rather a painful inflammation of the growth plate at the back of the heel. Sever’s disease most often affects children between the ages of 8 and 14 and can be caused when there is excessive and repetitive stress on the heel from sports or other activities.

“Growing pains” are a myth and no pain in the foot is normal. If your child says they have pain in their feet or ankles or you notice them limping, walking strangely or not wanting to participate in physical activities, contact our Pooler office for an appointment by calling: (912) 330–8885. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will diagnose the problem and prescribe the correct treatment to get your child back to the active life they love.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
September 27, 2017
Tags: Arthritis   diabetes   metatarsaglia  

Childhood obesity is a serious problem affecting approximately a third of American youth ages 10-17. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we know that being overweight carries serious health risks for your feet and rest of your body, including a greater risk of conditions such as diabetes, metatarsalgia, arthritis and several other disorders. September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. One way to help children obtain and maintain a healthy weight is by increasing their level of activity. Here are 7 simple ways to make exercise and fitness activities more enticing:

  1. Take your child places where activity naturally occurs, such as parks, beaches or lakes and community basketball courts or ball fields.
  2. Set a good example by letting your children see you making time for physical activities you enjoy.
  3. Make being active a family affair. Find things you all enjoy doing like taking walks, rollerblading, ice skating, skiing,etc. that are fun and will be looked forward to as a way to spend time together too.
  4. Instead of another video game, give your child toys and equipment that encourages physical activity—balls, skates, bikes, hit-aways and Frisbees will get your child moving. Be sure to provide appropriate protective gear as well (helmets, wrist or knee pads, etc.) to ensure safe play.
  5. Be positive and open to new physical activities your child wants to try. If your child tries something and doesn’t like it, don’t force them to continue but tell them instead that they need to pick another physical activity to replace it.
  6. Bring back neighborhood play. Suggest that instead of texting a nearby friend that your child go outside and play tag, build a fort, rake a leaf pile or enjoy other childhood games.
  7. Listen to your child. If he or she says their feet or ankles hurt, don’t brush it off. Make an appointment at our Pooler, GA office by calling: (912) 330–8885 so our foot doctor, Leonard M. Talarico, DPM, can examine your child’s feet and determine if an injury has occurred or a foot condition is developing.

 

 










 

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