What’s on your back-to-school schedule? For parents, staying a few steps ahead of common pediatric foot conditions is the best way to start the new school year.
Wear clean, dry socks
When shoe shopping, don’t forget to pick up new pairs of socks, too. Make sure that socks are breathable. If your child plans to wear their favorite pairs from home, check for holes or other signs of distress. Dirty, moist socks are a hot spot for fungus. Your child can be at risk for fungal toenails, athlete’s foot, etc.
Shop for supportive, comfortable footwear
Help your child put their best foot forward with the right pair of shoes. Choose comfort — and style. These qualities exist, so teach your child how to value their foot health while still being fashionable. Measure your child’s feet each time before buying shoes. A child’s development can be unpredictable at times, so make sure they are wearing the right size.
Start healthy foot care habits
Are daily foot checks a way of life? Just like brushing teeth, picking out clothes, and packing lunch, add healthy foot care habits to your child’s routine. Now is one of the best times to introduce another healthy habit to the daily routine. Children do well with repetition, so teach them the value of keeping an eye on their foot health — every day. Listen to them if they share discomfort or ask questions about the new routine.
At Clark Podiatry Center, Dr. Brandon A. Macy, a board-certified podiatrist, treats various conditions such as heel pain, diabetic wounds, bunions, nerve pain, and more. The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of Clark Podiatry Center. We provide exceptional service for patients in Union County. Contact our office at (732) 382-3470 or schedule an appointment online. Our office is at 1114 Raritan Road, Clark, NJ 07066.