At Clark Podiatry Center, we know that things can become quite busy during the holidays. As children wind down for a break from school, don’t forget to take time to watch and listen for any new signs of foot pain. As you’re moving from store to store or baking your favorite holiday treats, here are three signs to watch for during the holidays:
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If you’re noticing that your typically high-energy child is taking a seat on the sidelines, check in with your child. They could be saving their energy for the big dinners ahead, but they may also be in pain while moving. Keep in mind that younger children may not be able to communicate their discomfort; instead, they may stop doing what is causing them the pain.
If your child is taking their shoes off as soon as you put them on, or if they’re crying, it’s time to ask some questions. When was the last time you had your child’s foot measured? Has an injury occurred? Talk with your child and work with them to see if they can communicate their reason for kicking off their shoes so quickly.
Your kids have been working hard in school, but their shoes shouldn’t be delivering a strong odor. If you notice smelly socks and shoes, your children might be dealing with Athlete’s foot or a fungal nail. Use the holiday season to thoroughly wash and dry socks and determine if it’s time for another pair of shoes. As your children travel to see family or friends, encourage them to keep on their shoes and socks; don’t share them with others.
If you think your child is experiencing foot pain, don’t feel like you need to wait until 2020 to get some answers. Schedule an appointment with Clark Podiatry Center by calling 732-382-3470. Dr. Brandon A. Macy is a board-certified podiatrist, and New Jersey’s Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of the Clark Podiatry Center. Visit us at our Clark, New Jersey office.