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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
October 18, 2017
Tags: bowed legs   knock knees  

As we wrap up Bone and Joint Action Week, let’s focus on World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day, also known as PB&J Day. Tomorrow, October 19th, is a day to raise awareness for musculoskeletal issues in children and youth. Many bone and joint issues begin from childhood and continue through adulthood. In fact, 10% of people affected by a disabling musculoskeletal condition are children.

This year’s theme is “Kids, Bones, Joints & Obesity - Tips for Parents and Patients, and Primary Care Providers”. Children who are obese are a much higher risk of developing musculoskeletal problems, so it’s very important to look out for signs and symptoms to catch and treat them early.

Musculoskeletal Issues will most strongly affect the following parts of the body in obese children:

  • Back: Obese children are more likely to have back pain.
  • Hips: The hip growth plate can be affected or injured by excessive weight in developing children, causing pain in the groin area or outer hip joint.
  • Legs: Obese can make bowed legs or knock knees worse. X-rays can help determine the extent of the problem.

Prevention and early treatment will help reduce the chance of musculoskeletal issues affecting them when they are adults. The following are tips for health bones and joints for your children:

  • Have them eat a well-balanced and nutritious diet, including plenty of sources of calcium, vitamin D, as well as omega-3 fatty acids. Dairy, dark leafy greens, fatty fish, and plenty of sunshine are examples of food sources.
  • Make sure they engage in regular exercise to prevent or reduce overweight and obesity issues. Aerobic exercises, as well as some weight-bearing exercises are important to keeping bones healthy and strong.
  • Small injuries can become much worse if it is not treated promptly for developing children who are overweight.

For foot and ankle injuries, consult with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy. We are here to treat your family’s needs at The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute at Clark Podiatry Center. Make an appointment to see us today at our Clark, NJ office.

 



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