Healthy foot checkups before the school year

Young Kids Running Back to School with Custom Orthotics

Your kids have spent the summer running, jumping, swimming, and playing, but now it’s time to get serious. Not just about school, but their foot health. Yes, mom and dad, backpacks, school supplies, and schedules are important, but your family’s medical needs should be at the top of your back-to-school list. Many conditions can affect your child’s feet and make it difficult for them to enjoy normal activities.

Arizona Foot Doctors, located in Scottsdale, Arizona, will conduct a thorough examination of your children’s feet before the school year starts, noting any pain or issues from the knee down. Annual healthy foot checkups will allow our foot specialists to develop a preventative treatment plan to avoid future foot pain and injuries.

Why should you visit a pediatric podiatrist

Perhaps you’ve blamed growing pains for any complaints your children made after a full day of activity. Maybe you’ve noticed a terrible odor coming from their shoes at the end of the day. It’s easy to chalk these up to normal kid’s growth, but these could also be symptoms of something more serious. Having a professional pediatric podiatrist like Arizona Foot Doctors evaluate and diagnose these conditions will help your kiddos live a healthier, pain-free lifestyle.

Young Boy at Podiatrist Receiving Foot Pain Treatment

Common pediatric foot problems

Find relief at Arizona Foot Doctors, Scottsdale’s top foot doctor. We’re dedicated to helping patients feel themselves again, providing immediate and lasting relief from common foot conditions.

Pediatric flatfoot

Pediatric flatfoot/feet, or individuals born with no arch, is a hereditary condition that affects many children. Most children outgrow the condition by the age of five and don’t always have symptoms of the condition until they’re overworking their feet. If you’re wondering how to spot a pediatric flatfoot, watch your child walk back and forth on a hard surface. Are there abnormalities of your children’s feet when they’re standing? Is your child walking awkwardly or have heels that turn outwardly? These are all signs of a flatfoot.

If your child expresses pain or cramping in their feet or legs, especially after participating in physical activity or while walking, you should consult a podiatrist. Before school sports and activities start, it is best to get your child’s arch evaluated. During your appointment, your podiatrist may recommend a particular brand or style of athletic shoe or custom-made orthotics can offer more support for your child’s foot.

Ingrown nails

Children who have an ingrown toenail, or toenail that’s disrupting the skin around the nail, will experience tenderness, redness, and soreness. If you’re evaluating your child’s feet, you may also notice discoloration or swelling. Ingrown toenails occur when nail trimming is done incorrectly or when your child habitually wear shoes that are too tight. There are times when a toenail tends to grow inwardly, but for most children, the problem occurs when the side of the toenail is pressed into the skin and continues to grow.

The risk of infection in these situations is high, as the nail breaks through the skin. The dirt, sweat, and bacteria found in the socks, shoes, and ground can quickly find its way into the open wound. Although summertime footwear usually includes sandals and flip flops, ingrown toenails tend to happen when the toenail is thin and easily broken. Feet that are sweaty or constantly in the pool can lead to soft nails, just as the continual use of tennis shoes or other footwear during the school year. Having your child’s toenails checked before the school year starts is a preventative measure for a painful condition.

Plantar Wart

After being around public pools or places throughout the summer, you might notice small lumps on the bottom or sides of your child’s foot. With the exposure to the germs of others, your child may have picked up a strain go the human papillomavirus that causes warts. Without proper attention and medical care, these can grow deep down into the skin and make it very painful and challenging for your child to walk. Your pediatric podiatrist will be able to prescribe a medicine to kill the virus and eliminate warts. It is always advised that your kids wear flip flops, sandals, or water shoes when around public places.

Contact Scottsdale’s top pediatric podiatrist

For many of these common pediatric foot conditions, preventative podiatry measures will ensure that your kids can get back to running, jumping, stomping, and swimming in no time. Make sure to schedule your back-to-school healthy foot checkup before school starts! Our Scottsdale pediatric podiatry practice brings experience, compassion, and energy to children and families in Scottsdale, Arizona.