Children`s Foot Problems

Children`s Foot Problems

If you have a child that is suffering from a suspected foot problem it is wise to visit a chiropodist or podiatrist. They are the dedicated to the study and treatment of the feet and lower limbs; even if you child doesn`t have a problem but you have questions about the development of their feet, chiropodists and podiatrist can provide general advice and reassurance to put your mind at ease. There are a number of different children`s foot problems that may occur in your child`s life, here a few of these problems:

Flat Feet

Flat feet are a suspected cause of children`s foot problems, they are often just a variation of the shape of a child`s foot from birth. Flat feet often cause no pain to a child whatsoever and a child can live a normal life there is no treatment needed in these cases unless the foot begins to become stiff and any pain does occur, in these cases insoles inside of footwear may be provided to help support the foot.

Clubfoot

Children`s foot problems known as clubfoot is a fairly rare occurrence that is diagnosed at birth. It is caused by the child`s foot being formed turned inward and downward, treatment for this disorder starts early from birth in the form of specially made casts to help re-position the foot.

Heel Pain

Heel pain is a children`s foot problem for those between the ages of eight and ten, it arises through over activity and over use of the foot, this can cause pain when walking. Treatment for heel pain can involve different methods, physiotherapy can help, heel inserts into footwear help to ease pressure on the heel and stretching of the heel cord can be applied.

Infection

Children`s foot problems caused by infection although rare can be painful, infections can be caused from a puncture wound or cut and cause swelling and fever. Infections are usually treated through the use of antibiotics.

In-toeing

In toeing is when a child`s foot points inwards instead of pointing forwards as it should do. In-toeing can cause a child to constantly trip over as they are walking. In some cases no treatment is needed as the child will outgrow the condition as they get older, in other cases specially designed shoes and stretching exercises can be applied.

Athlete's foot

Athlete's foot is a skin disease which is caused by fungus growing in warm, dark and moist areas such as in shoes and socks. Treatment involves the use of prescribed fungicidal soap being applied to the bath daily when bathing and drying skin carefully with soft non-abrasive towels. Changing shoes and sock frequently is recommended as is the use of fungicidal spray or powder.

Odours

Children`s active feet leads them to perspire and become sweaty, this can lead to bad odours and smelly feet. This condition is easily treated with daily bathing in medicated foot powder and through changing current footwear to a more lightweight material and comfortably fitting socks.