We’re the Toronto chiropodist that wants to look after everyone including your children. Helping them to understand how to look after their feet now can prevent issues as they get older.
It’s important to remember that many adult problems have their beginnings in children’s developing feet.
Here are a few aspects that parent should know about.
- Walking is good for everyone and that includes children. This is also a great time for parents to watch their offspring’s walking pattens. Notice any problems with their gait including whether the feet turn in or out. Look for other red flags like knock knees. These and others can be successfully treated at our foot clinic in downtown Toronto if they are caught early enough. Otherwise, they can carry over into adulthood.
- Children love to participate in individual and team sports. Many of these occur outside their schools where getting the proper advice on equipment and conditioning isn’t always available. Parents should be aware there’s usually an amount of turning and running or contact with some games. That’s why protective ankle tape is a good way to prevent any fractures or sprains. Consider having a discussion with your Toronto chiropodist about this.
- Going barefoot is usually a healthy decision for children but that depends on the surface they are walking on. It’s best to pick ones where there are no natural hazards that can injure the feet. Grass, dirt and sand are good. However, lakes, beaches and pool decks can present some potential risks. Be aware there are even some hazards in your backyard like prickly plants and stinging insects.
Good hygiene is critical. Your children should learn to wash their feet, including between the toes, using lukewarm water and mild soap every day. Socks need to be changed daily and always clean. If your child plays a lot of sports, try to find socks that are made up of acrylic blend materials. They can help protect the feet from both moisture and impact. If it’s possible, you should rotate your child’s shoes every other day.
As your Toronto chiropodist, we feel it’s important that parents help their children maintain a healthy weight by encouraging them to stay active and eat properly. Research points to the fact that obesity can cause structural foot changes that last well into adulthood. Left untreated, these can cause further issues.