Top Tips For Childrens Feet

Top Tips For Childrens Feet
  1. Always have your child’s feet measured for length and width.
  2. Check the size of their socks.
  3. Inspect their shoes regularly for unusual wear and seek professional advice if you are concerned.
  4. Unusual wear may be the first indication that there is a problem with the foot posture or general posture and should always be investigated by your registered podiatrist. Normally, wear is across the back of the heel or between the back and the outside. You should look out for severe wear on the inside or outside of the heel which may carry forward to the sole of the shoe. The heel area of the upper may also be broken and bulge inside or outside.
  5. If possible, do not put your child in the same shoes every day. Alternate shoes to allow them to dry out, particularly if the foot is sweaty.
  6. Avoid the use of plimsolls in school all day every day. If a change of footwear is required in school, a fitted pair of lacing trainers is best.
  7. Be aware that blisters and sores may develop with new shoes.
  8. Inspect children’s feet regularly for inflamed nails, red pressure marks on the top of the small joints of the toes, below the ankle bones and at the back of the heel.
  9. Remember that teenagers in particular can be secretive about foot problems and a trivial, easily rectified problem can be more serious if neglected.
  10. If they complain of itchy or painful areas or you see any rashes or hard, raised areas on the skin, seek professional advice immediately.
  11. Wash their feet daily with simple soap and water and dry well, particularly between the toes. After drying, a small amount of talcum powder should be used.
  12. Children have naturally sweaty feet, but smelly feet may be an indication of poor hygiene.
  13. The toenails should be inspected regularly and trimmed as required. A good investment is a pair of nail clippers from your local chemist. Never cut down the side of nails or cut them too short. When cutting, follow the line of the nail at the tip of the toe and always leave the corner of nail just clear of the fleshy part of the toe.
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