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By Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers
December 08, 2014
Category: Foot Care

Keep your Children Active by Following Proper Foot Care

You often worry about your children’s teeth, eyes, and other parts of their body.  You teach them how to wash, brush, and groom, but what do you do about your child’s feet as they are still developing?  Many adult foot ailments, as with other health issues, have their origins in childhood and can be present at birth.  Periodic professional attention from Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers, and regular foot care can minimize these problems in your child’s life later on.  
 
Neglecting your child’s foot health invites problems in other parts of the body, such as the legs and back.  Foot health begins in childhood because your child’s feet must carry him or her for a lifetime.  Your child’s life is certain to be happier and more enjoyable if you have your child develop strong, healthy feet as he or she grows into adulthood. 
 

The Podiatrists at Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers Explain: The Early Years

The human foot is one of the most complicated parts of the body with 26 bones, as well as ligaments, muscles, blood vessels and nerves.  The feet of an infant are soft and pliable and abnormal pressure can cause deformities.  In the first year, a child’s foot grows rapidly reaching almost half their adult foot size.  Podiatrists consider the first year to be the most important in regards to development.  To help ensure normal growth, allow your baby to kick and stretch his or her feet and make sure shoes and socks do not squeeze their toes.  
 
Your toddler will walk when he or she is ready and you should try not to force this act.  Watch your child’s gait once he or she begins to walk.  Pay close attention to see if their toe touches down instead of the heel or if your child always sits while others actively play.  Many toddlers have a pigeon-toe gait, which is normal and some initially learn to walk landing on their toes instead of their heels.  Most children outgrow these problems, but your podiatrists at Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers can treat other conditions detected early more easily. 
 

Footwear for your Child

Children should not wear shoes until they can walk, so avoid pram shoes, which are normally soft, and usually made to match outfits.  For babies, avoid tightly wrapped blankets that prevent kicking and leg movement.  Walking barefoot, where it is safe, is good for children.  Your child’s feet are vulnerable to deformity from any ill-fitting footwear or hosiery until the bones are completely formed at about 18 years of age.  In addition, socks made from natural materials are better for your child’s feet than stretch-fit socks.  
 
When buying shoes for your child, the shape of the shoe and the toe area should be wide and round, allowing for toes to move and spread.  It is also important for the shoe to have a lace or a buckle, without this your child’s toes will claw to hold the shoe on.  The heel of the shoe should not be too high, as high heels can also result in foot deformity.  
 
Start early in taking care of your children’s feet because neglecting foot health is an invitation to severe problems.  Contact your podiatrist at one of our Reston, Manassas & Leesburg locations for further consultation on your child’s growing, active feet.  Having strong, healthy feet allows your child to walk, run, and play so take extra precautions and protect their feet in order to provide them a lifetime of healthy feet. 
By Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers
February 15, 2013
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Footwear  

Bare FeetSince 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

While you are off the job, there are a few steps you can take to protect your feet, including:
  • 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
 
On the other hand, when you are working it is important to follow the following:
  • 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

Safety shoes were created to protect your feet, help prevent injuries to them, and to reduce the severity of your injuries should one occur while at work.  According to the National Safety Council, it is estimated that only one out of four victims of job-related foot injury wear any type of safety shoe or boot.  Your feet are the most valuable part of your body and are constantly subjected to injury in the work place.  With many potential work hazards, it is important that you discuss with your supervisor the safety shoe, boot, or other protective equipment that you need for your protection.
 
Your Reston is specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of all manners of foot conditions.  Visit Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers if you experience any work injury or if you have any further questions on how to properly care for your feet. 
By Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers
December 17, 2012
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Footwear   Back To School  

Back To School FootwearBackpacks, paper, pencils and clothes are just a few of the things your youngster may need before the start of a new school year. When shopping for your child during back-to-school season and throughout the year, don’t forget to add proper fitting shoes to your shopping list.  

Your child’s feet are rapidly changing and growing. In fact, feet grow so fast when kids are young that parents are often surprised at how often they need to change shoes sizes to accommodate the growth.  

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, parents should consider a few things when selecting shoes for their little one. Remember these tips the next time you buy a new pair of shoes for your child:

  • Proper size. Poor-fitting footwear can lead to irritation and other problems, so always measure your child’s feet before buying a new pair of shoes.  Because feet are seldom the same size, always buy shoes for your child’s larger foot.
     
  • Avoid sharing shoes.  Hand-me-down shoes can spread fungi such as nail fungus and athlete’s foot.
     
  • Index finger. As a general rule, leave an index finger's width from the top of the big toe to the end of the shoe.
     
  • Breathing room. Buy shoes made of natural, breathable fabrics that are soft and pliable like your child’s feet.
     
  • Test them out. Always bring your child with you to the store to try on shoes before purchasing a new pair. When testing out shoes, the child should wear the socks that they would normally wear to ensure proper fit.  Have your child walk around the store for comfort and fit.
     
  • Examine the shoe itself.Your child’s shoe should have a firm heel counter, adequate cushioning of the insole, good flexibility and a built-in arch.

Feet are an important, but often overlooked, part of the body.  Since kids’ feet are soft and pliable, they are subject to abnormal pressures at a young age that can easily cause foot problems and deformity.  By promoting healthy footwear choices and consulting your Reston podiatrist whenever you suspect your child has a foot problem, you can ensure healthy development of feet.