Foot care for children is an area that needs to be cared for in recent times. Foot or heel pain for children is not a normal situation that can be overlooked. Problems uncared for in the tender age grow to become serious issues once they reach adulthood. Young children need to learn to walk right so that they don’t have heel problems in later life. In some cases where young children do not walk properly parents dismiss it as an issue in weight and hope that when they reduce weight they will walk normal. Having said that most heel pains experienced by adults are due to stress and childhood obesity is rarely the main reason. Still it is important for parents to be vigilant.
How to identify foot problems
Parents can identify if their children suffer from heel pain by observing if they can’t play sports or games because they can’t keep up with the others, due to them getting tired very quickly. Some children may choose to not participate in activities that they normally enjoy. This is where the muscles become stressed, tired and starts to inflame. Sometimes children may be reluctant to show you their feet. They may be afraid of skin discolorations and calluses and going to the doctor. Children who are overly clumsy where they always trip and fall are also a cause for concern. This is a symptom known as in-toeing or balance problems. The most obvious symptom however is when the child complains of pain. Although it common for children to complain on fictitious pain to stay away from school, or a writing homework or performing chores around the house, the parents need to rely on their judgement over which matters they need to investigate.
Actions to prevent feet problems
It is most common that growth patterns always collide with the purchase patterns in the case of children. It is a constant state of frustration for parents when the new shoes and clothes of their young ones shrink. Sometimes parents may feel the need to buy bigger shoes to accommodate them when they grow but that affects their toes, by applying lots of pressure on it. Shoes should always fit the children perfectly and it is a good idea to use orthotic insoles and shoe inserts at a tender age. This will prevent heel problems in the long term,Some children have flat feet, they will need a toe box which is wide, and shoes that maximize arch support and that can absorb shock. In this situation orthotic insoles and shoe inserts are advised.