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By Clark Podiatry Center
March 27, 2019

There is no better time to begin taking care of our feet than when we are a child. From the very beginning it is crucial our children maintain good foot health and knowing which problems are most likely to occur early on can help greatly. So, what are some of the more prevalent issues with our children’s feet? Good question.

As an infant, it is very important for children to be able to move and stretch their feet as their bones are growing. Undue pressure can damage this and can lead to much more serious problems later on. Also make sure that socks and shoes are not too tight. Don’t rush a child into walking. He or she will develop on their own according to their individual needs, but do keep an eye on their gait so if some type of intervention is needed, it can be addressed immediately.

It is not uncommon for children to inherit many of the same problems their parents have. These include:

  • Flat feet - Poor arch support can often be passed on to a child but can also be treated.
  • Heel problems – problems with the Achilles tendon can cause discomfort.
  • Pigeon toes – walking with your feet and toes pointed inward.
  • Knock knees – knees that touch each other as you walk can and often is treated with braces.
  • Bowlegs - a curvature of the legs which can be indicative of other more complex issues like Rickets caused by a lack of vitamin D and Blount’s disease or abnormal growth on the top of the tibia.

Indications your children may have foot issues can include:

  • Tired legs – this may indicate flat feet.
  • Difficulty in sports – not being able to compete may indicate issues with their feet and gait.
  • Tripping and falling – the inability to keep their balance.
  • Foot shyness – when a child doesn’t want anyone to see their feet for the fear of embarrassment.
  • Pain - pain is never a good sign and can indicate poor fitting shoes, bad bone development or other more serious conditions.

Early recognition is very important for our children’s foot health. If you believe your child may suffer from any of the above conditions or if you have any other foot concerns, please make an appointment with us. Dr. Brandon A. Macy, who is associated with New Jersey Children's Foot Health Institute, will assess your feet and find the appropriate treatments. Call Clark Podiatry at (732) 382-3470.

 

By Clark Podiatry Center
November 16, 2016
Tags: intoeing   bowlegs  

As children begin to walk, their strides and postures may worry new parents. In their novice stages of walking, babies will show all kinds of characteristics, like waddling, standing or walking on tiptoes, or having bowlegs. Don’t worry though, because most of this can be normal in the early stages of walking.

Below are some things you may notice, and why they happen:

  • Bowlegs: Because of the small space in the womb, babies have an innate bowleg structure. When they begin to walk, they look more bowlegged because they bend their knees to support their weight. However, as toddlers walk and grow, the legs should straighten. If there is severe bowleggedness, talk to our podiatrist.
  • No heel strike (improper gait): The normal gait is as follows: heel, middle of foot and ball of foot, and then lift off the toes. However, most babies begin by landing on flat feet, which many babies are born with. As they walk and form stronger muscles in the feet, their arches will begin to form and their gait will change.
  • Intoeing: You may have heard this more commonly as “pigeon toeing”. If leg bones or feet bones are curved inward, your child is more likely to walk with their toes pointing inward instead of straight ahead. They may grow out of it and the bones may straighten. For severe cases, children may need corrective inserts or shoes.
  • Knock Knees: With this condition, when your child is standing with legs together, knees will touch, but ankles may not. It is a developmental issue that can resolve on its own by about age 5-7, and should not cause pain or issues for running or playing depending on severity. Our podiatrist can assess this issue for you.
  • Walking on Tiptoes: Many babies have a short Achilles tendon from birth. The toes have a tendency to be pointed down as a relaxed state, so when they begin to learn or stand, your baby may often exhibit tiptoeing behavior. As they get stronger and stretch the Achilles tendon, this issue should correct and heels should touch the ground. However, if your child never puts feet down, it may be a more severe issue and a doctor needs to be seen.
  • Curly Toes: If your children have toes that seem to curl toward the big toe or downward with the toenail facing or touching the ground, they may have curly toes. This happens due to deformity in tendons or bone structure. Many times there is no pain, but toenails may also be deformed and cause pain. Taping the toes straight may help, but some require further treatment by our podiatrist.

As a new parent, it can be stressful to think that there might be something wrong in a child’s development. That’s why we are here for you at Clark Podiatry Center and The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy uses the latest technologies in foot care to take care of you and your family. Make an appointment to see us today at our Clark, NJ office



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