Parents have a tremendous role to play in the lifelong health of their children’s feet. Teach your children from an early age to respect and care for their feet in the following ways:
- Wash them daily with soap and water. Children’s feet need to be cleaned of the sweat and dirt of daily living, running around, and participating in sports. As they get older and begin the common whine about having to take a shower every day, at least have them clean their feet before climbing into bed.
- Take care to dry toes after bathing, especially in between them. Bacteria and fungus flourish in wet areas of the body, and toes are especially prone to athlete’s foot. Kids can also avoid toenail fungus with careful drying of their toes.
- Teach them the importance of a well-fitting shoe. Although fitting in with the current styles is important to many kids, don’t give in to the wild and wacky. A fashionable shoe should still be supportive and fitted with the help of a shoe expert.
- Pick the right athletic shoes for children. It may be tempting to buy a “cross-trainer,” thinking it can cross over into all sports, but it’s not true. Athletic shoes are specifically designed for side-to-side motions, jumping, or running.
- Teach your children to listen to their bodies. If they have pain or injury to any part of their feet, they should feel free to tell you about it.
Parents should be on the lookout for unusual wear patterns in their children’s shoes, anything odd about their gait, or a lack of arch in their foot (flatfoot). If you notice any of these issues, bring your child in to see Dr. Megan L. Oltmann or Dr. Craig B. Frey at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland. Our doctors have years of experience treating pediatric foot problems and our office in Solon, OH is equipped with the latest technology to give your kids the best care.
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