It's August and it's almost back to school time. You're probably already thinking about buying your kids new clothes, school supplies, and making sure their computer is in good working order.
But have you thought about your kid's feet?
If you're a smart parent you have. You know that along with school books and a cool haircut, your kid's health matters when it comes to school success. If your kid is having foot pain they aren't going to be able to perform well in school, on or off the field.
Lots of parents have been bringing their children in recently for a variety of reasons. With over 30 years of practice, the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City is the place to come for a solution to ending your kids foot pain.
This common problem in adults is also common in older teens, particularly if they play sports that involve running. Think track, basketball, and soccer. If you know your child has had heel pain in the past, bring them in before the middle or high school sport's season begins. While some kids will only need an inexpensive insert such as Powerstep Insoles for Kids. others with flat feet or other faulty foot structure are more likely to need a prescriptive orthotic. I recommend that shoes are purchased every 500 miles and are designed for the sport your kid plays. Don't forget to have their feet measured every time you buy them new shoes.
Those ugly bumps on the bottom of your kid's feet are most likely warts. Caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), they spread easily and can turn into cluster warts through scratching and bleeding. If your kid has them it's best to catch them early to keep pain at bay. Reminding your kids to check the bottom of their feet a couple times a year is the best prevention. If your child says they have funny calluses or mentions pain when walking make an appointment with a Seattle podiatrist. At the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City, we treat the warts with a topical medication or surgery.
If you've had ingrown toenails it's more likely that your child will get them too. As you know having an ingrown toenail can be extremely painful. If your kid says that have a painful toe, bring them in so we can determine if it's ingrown. Other risk factors in younger children and teens include repetitive activity such as kicking a soccer ball, wearing their shoes too tight, and cutting toenails improperly. Once the problem is there the only way to get rid of it is to make an appointment with your podiatrist. Don't ever try to solve this problem at home as an infection can develop easily.
Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.
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Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.