If you are caring for a growing child, helping them protect the health of their feet can be critical to ensuring their overall health and well-being. Athlete’s foot is one particular kind of threat to the health of a child’s feet and it is contagious. This condition is caused by a fungal infection, and some children can develop this affliction by walking around barefoot in spaces at daycare or school. Interestingly, boys are more likely to develop a case of athlete’s foot than girls. Before a child reaches the age of 4, it is unlikely that they will present a case of athlete’s foot. If you notice that your child is repeatedly itching in between their toes, then this may be an early indicator that your child could have athlete’s foot. If you suspect that your child might have athlete’s foot, it is highly suggested that you contact a podiatrist to treat your child before the infection spreads.
Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact our podiatrist of Dr. Powers Foot and Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Keeping Children’s Feet Healthy
Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider…
Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.
Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.
Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.
As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’.
As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.
Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.
Be watchful for any pain or injury.
Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.
Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Bloomington, Bedford, and Washington, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.