Back to School Means Shoes

Back to School Means ShoesNow that the days are getting cooler and the school bells have clanged their welcome, parents and their children will be performing the age-old ritual known as “Shopping for School Clothes”. The center of the event is the process of shoe selection. Children; feet allowed to run with abandon all summer, will soon be snared in socks and then summarily encased in stern leather. The importance of a good sturdy support shoe cannot be overlooked, for the continued health of your children’s feet.

Many Moms insist on the yearly shoe-buying trip. It never seems to matter if the shoes are too tight, or that the back of the left one rubs a blister on the heel. The only thing that matters is that a child’s growing feet has that support! The kind that only comes in patent leather.

Over the course of a summer of going without shoes, the feet may develop a sort of protective layer on the bottoms. They toughen, signaling that it is time to get out the lotions, creams and pumice stone. Children love going barefoot! Adults often dislike it as feet grow tender over the years.

This appears to be a common trait in children, the joy of going barefoot and the revulsion of shoe-wearing. A few common complaints that you may hear:

  • My socks are too tight.
  • My shoes are too tight.
  • I left my shoes on the bus.

Here is a fact that may surprise you: third-world developing countries do not have many of the foot issues that we find in the U.S. Take for example, athlete’s foot. Any and all locker rooms found in this country are familiar with foot fungus. In places where owning shoes is a rare event (due to poverty and circumstances), this type of chronic complaint cannot take hold. Fungi require a warm damp place to grow, such as a child’s shoe.

Even though your children may not enjoy wearing shoes, they will need to bend on this to accommodate all of the “old folks”.
Everyone knows “No shirt, no SHOES, no service.”
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Pediatric Foot Care is Vital if Parents Care About Their Children’s Feet

Professional Pediatric Foot CareHave you ever noticed moms and dads counting their newborns’ fingers and toes? It’s a common practice and one that typically kicks off a lifetime of making sure that their children’s feet are developing properly. Speaking of which, how much do you know about your kids’ tootsies and pediatric foot care? If you feel it’s not enough, read on for a brief overview:

According to all accounts, our feet start to develop roughly four weeks after conception and continue growing until our teenage years. That’s partially why it is so important to adopt a pediatric foot care routine early on in a child’s life. Such routines help to keep children’s feet safe and growing as they should. For example, you may notice that your one year old child’s feet don’t have any noticeable arches.

Believe it or not, that’s perfectly normally because most of us don’t develop our arches until we are around three years of age. If a child doesn’t develop one by that time and is complaining of chronic foot pain, a St. Peters podiatrist may recommend footwear that feature arch support or order a temporary cast. They may also suggest that the child engage in simple exercises or physical therapy to ease the pain and improve ambulation.

Of course flat feet are not the only disconcerting podiatry issues that parents should look for as their children’s feet grow. The list of other problems includes, but isn’t confined to the following:

  • Metatarsus Adductus and Ingrown Toenails
  • Sever’s Disease and Achilles Tendon
  • Vertical Talus and Ankle Fractures
  • Plantar Warts and Athlete’s Feet
  • Calluses, Ulcers and Corns

That said, if children seem to have foot pain, problems ambulating, an unusual gait and feet that look to be in poor health, its best to contact a podiatrist immediately.


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How Shoes Can Damage Children’s Feet – Pediatric Foot Care 101

Professional Pediatric Foot CareTiny children’s shoes are adorable, but the same cannot be said for the huge podiatric problems that are caused by some of them. At a time when the foot is still developing and easily affected, picking the right footwear is crucial.

So, what makes a good shoe for children’s feet? The answer lies deeper than color and current fashion trends. Here are some things to look out for the next time you go shoe shopping with your little one:

Roominess

It is important to understand that feet grow fast–very fast–in children. At this stage in life, the foot is constantly developing and taking on a bigger size. Very tight shoes can affect that development and even cause deformities, and some Missouri podiatrists have even linked flat feet to closed-toe shoes. To avoid problems, find shoes that are roomy and flexible, and that resemble slippers or open-toed sandals. Simply put, shoes that imitate being barefoot are usually the most ideal for kids.

Material

Children’s feet perspire about 2 or 3 times more than adults, which make them susceptible to problems like fungus infections. Stick to breathable and durable materials like leather or canvas to keep the shoe well-ventilated and prevent it from becoming ruined by sweat.

High Tops

Whether they are romping around, playing, or exploring their surroundings, children are always on the move. In order to support their ankles and avoid injury, get shoes with high tops that cover the ankle area. Low top shoes that leave the ankle exposed leave your child in danger of falling the wrong way on their ankle or having a similar accident without any protection.

Light Weight

Avoid heavy, clunky footwear that will weigh your child’s foot down. Having a more lightweight shoe will be more comfortable and aid in learning to walk faster.

The feet of your little one are important, so it goes without saying that picking shoes that will protect them from future foot problems is as well. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for answers to any and all of your foot care questions!


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