By Michael Stegman
June 19, 2014
Category: childrens' foot care
A child’s foot care is central to their development into a healthy adult. Just like a child sees a pediatrician or a dentist, seeing a podiatrist can not only ensure a child remains healthy but also help that child prevent future foot conditions.
As children develop, they grow rapidly. One day their foot size may be a 5 while a month later, they are a 6. This kind of rapid growth must be monitored to ensure correct development is actually occurring. While a child’s strange walking habit or foot pain may not be a big deal now, the child is developing habits that will last them long into their lives and can later affect the health of their bodies and feet. This is why it is important to see a podiatrist now.
If your child is complaining of foot pain, he or she may have flat fleet or high-arched feet. This is an irregularity of the soles of their feet that causes uncomfortableness while walking and pain. Luckily, this is usually an easy fix. As a Scottsdale foot doctor, I will fit your child for custom made orthotics that are specifically aligned to their feet making walking comfortable and pain free so they can play with ease.
Also, children sometimes develop strange walking patterns. Such patterns include: toe walking, in-toeing (walking with toes pointing inwards), bowleggedness, and knee knocking. This incorrect walking can cause severe foot conditions in the future such as bunions, heel pain, and chronic ingrown toenails.
At American Foot and Ankle Specialists, a Scottsdale podiatrist is able to help correct these walking patterns. Call 480-483-9000 today to schedule an appointment!
Even if your child is not showing signs of strange walking, it is important to bring your child to see a podiatrist as they can access your child’s feet and recommend proper foot health. A child's foot care is essential because proper foot care can not only decrease foot problems but also create a normal walking environment for your child as he ages. Seeing a podiatrist can help guide foot health that ensures a natural and healthy development. Call 480-483-9000 today for an appointment with the Scottsdale Podiatrist!