We know that you, as loving, responsible parents in the Twin Falls community, want your children to be safe and healthy. This means taking such measures as scheduling check-up visits with doctors and dentists and keeping vaccinations current. Of course, it should also include being mindful of top child foot care practices.
The feet and ankles are underrated body parts, and this is apparent when you start thinking about all the functions they perform. The lower limbs not only allow for movement—any parent can attest to how much children enjoy being mobile—but they also support the entire body while standing. This means that it is essential to ensure that feet and ankles are strong and healthy.
For optimal foot health, it is important to use the following measures:
- Footwear that fits correctly. No matter the age, it cannot be overstated how important it is that shoes fit properly. Footwear that is too tight increases the risk of ingrown toenails, corns, and even bunions and other toe deformities. Your child’s shoes should have room in the front so toes can wiggle and in the back so that you can slide your index finger down to the second knuckle.
- Footwear designed for the task in mind. In addition to proper fit, it is important to provide your child with shoes that are activity-appropriate and constructed from durable, breathable materials. Shoes should have ample cushioning and solid arch support.
- Daily hygienic practices. Make sure your son or daughter washes his or her feet every day, including the areas between the toes. This can help reduce the risk of fungal and bacterial infection.
- Keeping feet dry. Further reduce your child’s risk of infection by having your son or daughter completely dry his or her feet before putting on socks and shoes. Give extra attention to the areas between the toes, since this is a common starting point for fungal and bacterial issues.
Perhaps one of the most important facets of child foot care is to find a podiatric practice that provides exceptional services for young patients. Here at Advanced Foot and Ankle, we take great pride in treating the problems that affect children’s feet and allowing them to resume favorite activities pain free.
If your son or daughter is experiencing foot or ankle pain, schedule a visit with us today. Call (208) 312-4646 to reach our Burley office, or (208) 731-6321 to connect with our Twin Falls office, or set up an appointment online with either office today.