Winter is finally here, and with it comes cold temperatures. Many children are getting ready to take their sleds out in the snow. Others prefer indoor activities. Either way, it’s vital to choose the proper guidelines to ensure your children’s feet stay happy and healthy this winter.
CHILDREN’S FOOT CARE BASICS
Children’s foot care involves frequently checking the shoe’s fit due to how quickly children’s feet grow. It can impact their posture and foot structure. Toddler’s shoes should be flexible and soft with plenty of wiggle room for their toes. When shopping for children’s shoes, make sure your child stands when trying on new shoes and have them walk around the store several times to make sure there’s no discomfort. Check frequently for blisters, redness, or irritation.
It’s no secret that children love to play in the snow. Whether it’s sleigh-riding, building snowmen, ice-skating, or having snowball fights, winter can be a lot of fun. It can also be harsh on your children’s feet. First, you may want to check out a good pair of winter boots. Make sure they have thick rubber soles that can grip the ice. Every winter, slips, and falls cause numerous foot and ankle injuries. A thick pair of woolen socks is a good idea. Just make sure they are not so thick that they cram your child’s toes together, as this can cause deformities. Finally, after the outdoor activities, make sure to dry your child’s feet thoroughly. Outdoor activities can cause your child’s feet to sweat, and in the cold, this can cause problems, even frostbite.
As always, if you do find an issue or are experiencing any pain or discomfort, contact a specialist right away.
Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, Dr. Keith Sherman, Dr. Riane Teagarden, and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call Syracuse Podiatry, located in East Syracuse, New York, for more tips and expert advice. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.