With summer reaching its end and the focus back on school, now is the time for parents to evaluate their children’s foot care needs and determine if there are better ways they can prevent podiatric problems from developing. Foot conditions such as warts, ingrown toenails, flat feet, and heel pain can be either prevented or treated with the help of proper foot care.
Warts are lesions that typically appear on the bottom of the feet. Children who walk barefoot around pools and in playgrounds during the summer are susceptible to developing warts, which are caused by a virus that can spread upon contact. Over-the-counter medications are often ineffective for plantar warts. Fortunately, our doctors utilize pain-free treatment methods to help eliminate warts quickly and effectively.
Ingrown toenails are another common problem often seen in children. Poor nail trimming and repetitive injuries to the toe are typical causes for ingrown toenails. Home based “bathroom surgery” is not recommended, as this can significantly worsen the condition. At our practice, our doctors can treat ingrown toenails successfully and prevent them from developing again.
Another condition, flat feet, usually develops in children due to genetics. Young children tend to have flexible, flat feet, which often develop into normal arches before they reach school age. If the child’s feet do not develop normal arches, however, the foot and leg muscles must accommodate the flat feet and may then cause fatigue, leg pain, cramping, or pain in the shins. Our doctors are specially trained to evaluate children’s feet and determine the most appropriate treatment suitable for them. Orthotics are often the treatment of choice for most children, and they can be custom-made to maximize flat feet correction.
At Livingston Foot Care Specialists, 1685 Newbridge Road, North Bellmore, children are important patients. We realize the importance of early intervention to help prevent the development of serious foot conditions. Active children are happy children, and no child can enjoy physical activities if there is foot pain. Call the Board Certified doctors at Livingston Foot Care Specialists at (516) 826-0103 if you have any concerns about your child’s foot care.