Posts for: February, 2013
Since your feet bare the brunt of your weight, it is important to take extra precautions while working to protect your feet from harm. When your job requires you to stand on your feet for a long period of time, work in potentially hazardous areas, or with potentially hazardous materials, you have some risk of foot injury. Productive workers depend on their ability to walk and move about safely, with ease and comfort. According to the National Safety Council, there are about 120,000 job-related foot injuries in any given year, with one-third of them being toe injuries.
Follow Proper Guidelines
- Wash your feet daily
- Dry thoroughly
- Check your feet for corns, calluses, and cracks
- Keep your feet warm
- Trim your toenails straight across
- Visit your Reston
- Wear protective footwear for each activity
- Develop safe work habits and attitudes
- Be aware of the hazards of your job
- Practice proper measures
- Be alert and watch for hidden hazards
- Watch out for other workers’ safety
- Follow the rule and don’t cut corners
Wear Protective Footwear
As parents, we want our children to remain healthy and happy. But when they are in pain, it is our duty to find the best ways to help eliminate their discomfort. While many toddlers grow out of flatfeet, it is important to pay close attention to your child’s feet in order to ensure their feet are properly developing before pain begins.
Pediatric flatfoot can be classified as symptomatic or asymptomatic, and are quite common—usually nonsurgical. Symptomatic flatfeet exhibit symptoms such as pain and limitation of activity, while asymptomatic flatfeet show no symptoms at all. These classifications can help your podiatrist in Reston in determining an appropriate treatment plan for your child.
Flatfoot can be apparent at birth or it can show up years later. Most children with flatfoot have no symptoms, but some have one or more of the following symptoms:
- Pain, tenderness, or cramping in the foot, leg and knee
- Outward tilting of the heel
- Awkwardness or changes in walking
- Difficulty wearing shoes
- Reduced energy
- Voluntary withdrawal from physical activities
Your Reston podiatrist diagnoses your child’s flatfoot by examining the foot and observing how it looks when he or she stands and sits. Your podiatrist will observe how your child walks and will evaluate the range of motion of the foot. Since flatfoot can sometimes be related to problems in the leg, your podiatrist may also examine the knee and hip. X-rays may be used to determine the severity of the deformity, with additional imaging and tests needed for further diagnosis.
Visit Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers for further diagnosis and treatment options for your child’s flatfoot condition. It is important to find relief for your child’s pain so that he or she can enjoy daily activities.