Back to School Special
Mention this blog and your one child (pick a favorite/most deserving) will receive a FREE back to school foot evaluation for the month of August 2018.
Call to make an appointment and check availability. This is a limited time offer!
With back to school season underway, Dr. Tea wants your child to be in his or her best shape. Happy feet makes a happy kid and a happy kid can continue to walk, run and play without painful foot and ankle problems. You only need to take 5 minutes to inspect your child’s feet from top, bottom and in between the toes. What are you looking for?
Check the toenails
- Is there redness around the edge of the toenail? Does it look ingrown or pinching into the skin? This could be a sign of an ingrown toenail. If left untreated or is not cut properly, this can develop into a painful infection.
Check the skin
- Is the skin peeling? Does it have a foul odor? This can indicate a foot infection such as Athlete’s foot. If left untreated, it can become very itchy, spread and be uncomfortable for the child.
- Are there calluses or an area that looks like a wart? There are many types of conditions that can cause the skin to get thick in a small area. A wart is caused by a virus, while something called a porokeratosis can mislead one to think it is a wart when it is just a clogged pore filled with thick tissue. Since the treatment for these two common conditions are different, it is best to see the doctor before trying any medicated treatments at home.
Check the bones
- Are there bony parts that look like they stick out or do the feet look really flat, like it does not have an arch? Kids feet continue to develop and take their mature shape around the age of 12 for girls and 14 for boys. Many parents are worried about flat feet but the child’s symptom is the most important. Many people can live with flat feet as long as they do not experience pain. However, if your child is limping or complain of pain or that their feet feeling more tired than usual, the doctor can evaluate and take xrays to see what else is going on.
Check how they walk
- Is your child walking a little bit differently or limping? Many conditions can cause a change in the child’ gait such as a sprain or broken bone. The doctor can take xrays and evaluate further.
Let Dr. Tea evaluate your child so he or she can continue to walk, play and dance pain-free.