Tips to Care for Your Child's Foot Condition

“March Madness” is upon us, and many young basketball fans in our Twin Falls, ID community will spend time watching the thrilling NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament with friends and family. As they do, some will surely be inspired to play basketball for school or rec teams. With the weather starting to warm up, it won’t be long until the outdoor basketball court at Cascade Park is full of activity!Child's foot in flipflops

Many children love being physically active. This is awesome because it can set the foundation for life-long healthy habits. Of course, sports always do contain injury risk, which can lead to several common child foot problems. At the end of the day, though, the risk is certainly worth the benefits that come from staying active, especially because most sports injuries can be treated effectively with nonsurgical treatment.

Treating sporting injuries is just one of the child foot care services we offer for our young patients at Advanced Foot and Ankle. Others include ingrown toenails, plantar warts, and Sever’s disease. These issues all vary greatly in symptoms and causes but have a mutual connection in the fact that our goal for treatment is to use conservative care as much as possible.

Depending on the problem, components of a treatment plan for a child may include:

  • Rest – This is a particularly important treatment option for sporting injuries, since resting not only allows the body to use natural healing processes but also reduces the risk of further injury. A possible option for children is to use low-impact activities to stay active during downtime.
  • Ice – Make sure ice or ice packs are wrapped in a thin towel first, but an icing regimen can reduce pain and inflammation. Give ample time (at least an hour) between icing sessions, though.
  • Medication – When we prescribe medication for any child foot or ankle issue, make sure to follow our recommended dosage amounts.
  • Stretches – Stretching exercises can be used not only to treat an existing injury but also to help prevent one from happening in the first place.

At Advanced Foot and Ankle, we are committed to providing the best possible foot and ankle care for patients of all ages. For common child foot problems, we provide many different nonsurgical techniques that can help your son or daughter overcome pain or impaired functionality. For more information, call our Twin Falls, ID office at (208) 731-6321. You can also schedule an appointment at either of our Idaho locations online.

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