At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we’re concerned with the podiatric health of Macomb County patients of all ages. Starting in infancy and right up through the teen years, parents can take steps to ensure proper development and health of the lower extremities. Below are some areas to focus on.
Good Shoes—from the time a child takes his or her first steps, one of the most important ways to care for their feet is with well-made shoes that fit correctly. Replacing shoes for children can be a hassle, given how quickly children's feet grow, but don’t cut corners on footwear. Follow the tips below to ensure your child is wearing the best shoes for their feet:
- Get feet measured professionally.
- Monitor shoe size at home—check to see where the toe is relative to the front of the shoe and check young children’s feet for blisters or red spots that may indicate they are becoming too tight.
- Always have your children try on the shoes you are thinking of purchasing to make sure they are comfortable.
- Don’t use hand-me-down shoes. Shoes tend to mold to the foot of the wearer and can cause problems if passed on to another person.
- Make sure your children wear the right shoes for the sport or other physical activities they do.
Good Habits—it’s never too young to instill a good regimen of healthy foot habits. Wash your child’s feet every day and encourage them to do themselves as they get older. Other tips to teach:
- Check feet for any unusual bumps, bruises, swelling redness or rashes. If you or your child observe anything suspicious, make an appointment at our Macomb (586) 416-3668, St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140 or Warren (586) 756-3338 office and have our podiatrists, Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw, and Dr. Philip M. Watkins examine the feet.
- Keep nails trimmed straight across and do not round the edges. Don’t peel or pick at toenails. It can lead to ingrown nails.
- Keep feet covered in public places. Don’t share socks, shoes, nail files, towels, or other items that come in contact with other people’s feet to avoid fungal infections.
Smart Ways to Avoid Injury--arthritis and other foot problems often develop at the site of an old injury. Be sure your child practices safety in the car, at home, and on the playing field. Get all injuries evaluated promptly. Studies show that children with good foot health habits are most likely to grow into adults with healthy feet and active lives. If you have any podiatric concerns about your child, don’t hesitate to contact us.