Posts for: December, 2017
A child's feet grow rapidly during the first year, reaching almost half of their adult foot size. This is why podiatrists consider the first year to be the most important in the development of the feet. Proper care at a young age is essential for healthy development. Since many adult foot ailments develop in childhood, periodic visits to your child’s podiatrist and basic foot care can help minimize these problems later in life.
A child’s feet are formed from soft, pliable cartilage which makes them more susceptible to deformities. A young child can be affected by foot conditions such as:
- Flat feet
- Heel pain
Tips for Parents
Parents can help promote normal, healthy foot development for their baby.
- Examine your baby’s feet regularly. If you detect anything unusual, contact your child’s pediatrician or podiatrist right away.
- Encourage exercise. Lying uncovered allows the baby to kick and move feet and toes freely so not to inhibit normal development.
- Cover feet loosely. Tight clothing or covers restrict movement.
- Alternate your baby’s position several times a day. Lying too long in one spot may place unnecessary strain on the feet and legs.
As your baby continues to grow and develop, so will the feet. It may be necessary to change shoe and sock size every few months, as tight-fitting footwear can aggravate pre-existing conditions. After your child takes their first steps, you should also carefully observe walking patterns. Intoeing, out-toeing, and gait abnormalities can be corrected when they are detected early.
A baby’s feet will carry them throughout life, so it’s important to begin good foot care at a young age. Neglecting your child’s foot health invites problems in other parts of the body, such as the back and legs. Whether you have questions about your child’s foot health or suspect a problem with the development of your child’s feet, please contact our office. We want every step your child makes toward adulthood to be pain-free and easy!
Diabetes can be dangerous to your feet. This can be problematic for many individuals, which is why your Spokane Valley, WA, and Kellogg, Hayden, ID, podiatrist, Dr. Jacqueline Babol, is here to help.
Diabetics need to take special care of their feet, a small cut may result in serious foot issues like nerve damage. It may also:
- Reduce blood flow to the feet
- It's harder to heal an injury or resist infection
- Infection or a non-healing may risk amputation.
To avoid serious foot problems try following your Spokane Valley, Kellogg, and Hayden podiatrist's advice:
- Inspect your feet daily. Check for cuts, blisters, redness, swelling, or nail problems
- Wash your feet in lukewarm water, not hot water. Keep your feet clean by washing them daily
- Moisturize your feet to prevent dry skin from itching or cracking
- Cut nails straight across and file the edges. Don’t cut nails too short though
- Never treat corns or calluses yourself. Go to your podiatrist
- Wear clean, dry socks and change them daily
- Avoid tight elastic bands that reduce blood circulation
- If your feet get cold at night, wear socks. Don't use a heating pad or hot water bottle.
- Shake out your shoes and feel the inside before wearing. Something as small as a pebble may cut your skin and infect your feet
- Take care of your diabetes and keep your blood sugar levels under control
- Don’t smoke since it restricts blood flow in your feet
- Get periodic foot exams. Seeing your foot and ankle surgeon regularly can help prevent diabetic foot complication
Diabetes can cause serious issues. If you have any questions or concerns about diabetes, you should contact your Spokane Valley, WA, and Kellogg, Hayden, ID, podiatrist, Dr. Jacqueline Babol. She has the expertise to help figure out and treat your foot issues.
With our feet bearing the weight of our entire body, it’s no surprise that carrying excess weight may increase the chance of developing foot problems. In fact, recent studies have shown that overweight people experience more heel pain, tendonitis, arthritis, ball-of-foot pain, fractures and sprains in their feet and ankles than individuals at a normal, healthy weight.
Extra weight doesn’t have to be substantial to have an impact on your feet and ankles. As little as 10 or 20 pounds can trigger pain in the lower extremities. Being overweight changes the way your foot functions, and the force on the feet intensifies.
The most common foot problems from being overweight include:
Plantar Fasciitis: Excess weight adds strain to the plantar fascia, overusing and weakening it. This causes it to become inflamed and irritated. Heel pain is one of the most common problems caused by weight gain.
Tendonitis: When the feet endure extra weight, it eventually causes the tendons/ligaments to be overused, which leads to injury and inflammation.
Fallen Arches: An increase in body weight and pressure causes the supporting structures in your feet (muscles, tendons, and ligaments) to become stretched and weakened, breaking down over time. This can weaken the muscle which gives the foot its arch, causing over-pronation and leading to other problems such as knee and hip pain.
Other effects from carrying extra weight include changes in posture, changes in gait (steps become shorter), and stress fractures.
Losing extra pounds can help ease the pain and reduce problems caused by carrying excess body weight. Unfortunately, it's tough to lose weight when your feet hurt. To combat foot problems triggered by weight gain, ease into a low-impact activity that doesn’t require you to place pressure on your foot, such as water aerobics. Always start any new workout routine slowly. Work with your physician to find healthy ways to modify your diet, and your podiatrist to select the best, most supportive footwear for your feet.
Foot pain is never normal, regardless of weight, as it indicates some type of stress or injury. You should always consult an experienced podiatrist if you are experiencing any pain in your foot.