Safety Tips for Kids Who Ice Skate

ice skateThe Winter Olympics are about to begin. Soon, little kids everywhere will shout excitedly to their parents, “Can I take figure skating lessons, please?!” The cautious Mom or Dad will cock their head and think: “She wants to wear thin blades on her feet and spin around on an expanse of cold, hard ice? I don’t think so.” And if playing ice hockey is a…

Dos and Don’ts of Back-to-School Shoe Shopping

back to schoolKids’ feet can grow at an alarming rate! What used to fit them in May is likely too small for their back-to-school feet (or too worn-out). Back-to-school shopping should always involve a trip to the shoe store. Here are some tips to make shoe shopping fun and successful for both you and your kids: Don’t buy online. Yes, it’s tempting to avoid the mall. But…

4 Hidden Signs of Foot Problems in Children

child's feetIt’s easy to overlook a problem your child may be having with their feet. For one thing, a child may not realize it himself. Also, he or she may be too young to come up with the right words to tell you that something hurts. However, as a parent, you can play a vital role in detecting foot problems in your child and acting before…

Obesity, Diabetes, and Your Child’s Feet

59035189 Woman's Feet On Bathroom Scale. Diet ConceptRemember the term “juvenile diabetes?” While that name is still around, you’re more likely to hear “Type 1 diabetes” to describe this autoimmune disease. Type 1 diabetes usually strikes a person when they’re quite young. There’s no way to prevent it and there isn’t any cure for it. However, in the United States and many other places around the world, there’s an epidemic of children…

Obesity Is Hard on Children’s Feet

59035189 Woman's Feet On Bathroom Scale. Diet ConceptChildhood obesity has become a big problem in our country – so much so that the month of September is designated as Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Podiatrists Craig B. Frey, DPM and Meghan L. Oltmann, DPM want you to know that feet can really suffer when you’re overweight. Even worse, studies show that a child who is obese is much more likely to remain obese…

Hand, Foot, & Mouth Disease: Not as Scary as it Sounds

8572423 Little Girl Hurt Her Tiptoe, Feeling Pain, Isolated Over WhiteIt’s that time of year again, when ghosts wander the streets and ghouls knock on your door, expecting you to answer and give them yummy things to eat. Unfortunately, this time of year is also great for handing off yucky germs from one person to another. One disease that surges in both spring and fall is hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD). The germ that…

Teach Your Children Well

50044012 S Child Bath Cleaning FeetParents 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…

Tiptoeing in Children

40044901 Childrens Bare Feet. Childs Bare Feet On The Wooden FloorGiven the rancorous nature of the 2016 election season, and just the general complexity of family relationships, we bet there was a fair amount of topic avoidance at the Thanksgiving table this year. “Don’t bring up the election!” “If Grandpa mentions your hair, just change the subject!” All that energy spent worrying about and tiptoeing around sensitive issues can be exhausting! Children who spend time…

What to Know about Your Baby’s Feet

Child FeetOnce they reach a certain age, keeping your children’s feet healthy is really not that much different from keeping your own in top shape. You want to keep your kids in the proper shoes for the activity they’re engaged in, make sure they wash their feet daily and dry them carefully, and don’t be afraid to report anything strange or painful to us at Foot…

4 Foot Problems to Look For In Toddlers

Who has witnessed a toddler’s bow-legged waddle and not found it totally adorable?! Toddlers should be expected to grow out of their cute and awkward gait in due time. Seek the professional advice of Cuyahoga County foot doctors Craig B. Frey, DPM and Megan L. Oltmann, DPM, our expert podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland,  if any of these four issues that affect…