Our greater Sacramento community has many activities for citizens and visitors of all ages to do, especially children. Parents who want to entertain or educate sons or daughters are fortunate to have an array of resources like day camps, museums, theater and art events, and story-reading programs. Another useful resource for young residents is the child foot care services we provide here at McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group.
Foot care is often taken for granted, but the lower limbs play a major role in all stages of our lives—from the time we take those first steps ourselves all the way through helping guide our own children as they take those first steps. When it comes to our young patients, we always take a careful, gentle approach and work to effectively address any issues that could become a larger problem in time.
Below are some of the top tips to keep your child’s lower limbs healthy:
- Pay attention. This goes for foot structure, gait (the biomechanical process of walking), and even child behaviors. It might be easy to observe a case of foot drop or in-toeing, but don’t forget to take note if your son or daughter starts withdrawing from favorite activities, like sports. In certain cases, this could be an indication of an underlying foot or ankle issue that is causing pain.
- Keep feet dry and clean. Warts, athlete’s foot, and toenail fungus are all nail and skin conditions caused by microorganisms. You can keep your child’s feet safer from infections like these by making sure they are washed daily and kept as dry as possible.
- Buy footwear that fits. Too often, foot and ankle problems develop on account of shoes that simply do not fit properly. Both “too big” and “too small” can be issues, so be sure to bring your child along with you when buying new shoes for him or her.
- Buy activity-appropriate shoes. In addition to a proper fit, shoes need to be appropriate for the activities a child does. If a son or daughter plays basketball, then he or she needs basketball shoes.
- Nutrition. The bones, muscles, and connective tissues that make up the complex lower limb structures need essential nutrients, including calcium, Vitamin D, and sufficient protein. A proper diet will supply these nutrients.
When your son or daughter needs first-class child foot care services in the greater Sacramento, CA area, McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group is ready to help. Contact us by calling (916) 961-3434 and we will be glad to answer any questions you might have. If your child is currently experiencing painful symptoms or impaired foot or ankle functionality, you can use our online form today to schedule an appointment with us.