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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
July 01, 2014
Category: Foot Care

Fitness and Your Feet

Most people do not realize the tremendous amount of pressure that is put on their feet during exercise.  For example, a 150-pound jogger puts more than 150 tons of impact on their feet while running three miles. Also during running, the 26 bones, 33 joints and 112 ligaments, and a network of nerves and tendons that make up the foot, all work together. Improper foot care during exercise can cause some of the over 300 foot ailments including athlete’s foot, blisters, corns and calluses and heel pain. Your podiatrist at Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers is available to help you live pain free. 
 

Check Your Shoes

One of the most important things you can do for your feet while exercising is wear proper shoes, especially if there is running involved. Good shoes need to provide cushioning for shock absorption because of the force you are putting on your legs, ankles and feet. It is important to select a pair of shoes designed for the shape of your foot and its natural structure and inclination. Your podiatrists in Reston, Manassas & Leesburg will be able to help you find the best shoes for your feet and fitness regimen. 
 
Other tips for by good running shoes include shopping at the end of the day when your feet are slightly swollen to ensure a good fit. It also helps to wear the type of socks you will wear when running. If you use an orthotic, bring that as well when trying on shoes. Look for lightweight, breathable shoes to ensure comfort and consider buying two pairs and rotating them to extend the life of each pair. Running shoes should be replaced about every 400 miles. 
 

Other Guidelines for Foot Care

Besides having the right shoes for exercise, there are also other measures you can take to preserve the health of your feet. 
  • Wash your feet every day and make sure they are dried thoroughly. 
  • Good quality, well-fitting socks is also important for foot care. 
  • The more weight that is put on your feet, the more strain there is. 
  • Being in shape and being at a healthy weight will help take some of the stress off of your feet. 
  • Avoid walking barefoot. 
  • Do not ignore any foot pain. 
 
Contact yReston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers as soon as you feel any pain in your feet. The earlier an ailment is diagnosed, the easier it is to heal.