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Posts for: August, 2016

Pediatric Foot Pain Dr. Sheldon Fleishman Blue Springs, Missouri

From the time babies enter the world, parents pay close attention to every body part but their child’s feet.  Even during the initial head-to-toe once-over, parents look to ensure their bundle of joy has all ten fingers and ten toes. But hands and feet are an afterthought because it seems obvious that a child has her or his hands and feet or they wouldn’t have fingers and toes, right?  Though feet are usually an afterthought of your child’s health, remember that taking care of your child’s feet is just as important as ensuring they brush their teeth.

Here are nine ways to help your child’s feet develop successfully.

  1. Carefully examine your baby’s feet. Even though you already count their toes, you should also look closely for anything unusual on their feet. Although many problems recognized at birth often disappear on their own, early treatment of others can correct abnormalities.
  2. Cover feet lightly when swaddling. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), tight covers around your baby can hinder them from moving freely and could slow normal development. By allowing a baby to kick, move, and stretch their legs, it can help to strengthen leg muscles. Using an activity gym can help your baby strengthen their feet before walking. 
  3. Let your little one go shoeless. As your baby grows and prepares to take their first steps, allow them to go shoeless when indoors to aid in normal foot development.
  4. Look for lingering tip-toe walking. When children start to take their first steps towards walking, it’s normal for them to walk on their toes. But if you notice a child strictly walking on their toes after the age of two, talk to your pediatrician.  Consistent toe walking is often a sign of a motor disorder, most commonly a form of cerebral palsy. 
  5. Keep your child’s toenails cut straight across. Cutting toenails straight can help prevent ingrown toenails.  A few common signs of ingrown toenails include redness and swelling that can be painful.
  6. Maintain clean and dry feet. Teaching your child good hygiene habits is a good start to preventing bacterial and fungal infections, such as athlete’s foot.  Parents should make sure their little one’s feet are washed thoroughly at bath time and dried off.
  7. Buy shoes that fit. When preparing to buy your child new shoes, be sure they are always present to have their feet measured.  Children’s feet grow quickly, so it’s important to have their feet measured each time you buy a new pair of shoes to avoid buying tight fitting shoes that can lead to blisters, corns or calluses.
  8. Avoid foot injuries. Even though going shoeless when indoors can help with the normal development of your child’s feet, they should always wear shoes when outdoors.  Going barefoot outside can lead to foot injuries such as splinters, cuts, and severe injuries from debris on the pavement.
  9. Protect their feet from cuts.  Thoroughly wash minor cuts, scrapes, or scratches on their feet with soap and water, and then cover them with a breathable bandage until completely healed.  Leaving cuts openly exposed to air and germs can lead to infections.

Since children often learn through imitation, show your children how to properly care for their feet at an early age. This can lead to a lifetime of good foot health.

If you notice your child is having trouble walking or has developed a foot condition or infection, contact Dr. Sheldon Fleishman for a consultation.  Dr. Fleishman will work with you to find the answers you need. Call today to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations.  

Office Locations:

Blue Springs, MO: 816-228-9393

Overland Park, KS: 913-381-5515