Do Children Need to See a Podiatrist?
In an age of overflowing, and often contradictory, parenting advice, many parents are left wondering what kind of health care their children really need. Is seeing a podiatrist really necessary for your child, unless he or she has an obvious foot problem? For parents who want their children to grow up with strong, healthy feet and ankles, skipping the podiatrist may not be the best idea. Children’s feet need care just as much as their parents’ feet do.
Children’s feet are growing and changing rapidly from birth until their bones set, though at times that growth will feel faster or slower. They can quickly outgrow shoes, leaving many parents buying new pairs several times a year. At the same time children are learning to walk, run, jump, kick, play sports, and more. All of these changes and stressors on the feet and ankles can potentially cause problems and injuries. Ingrown nails and even infections are common as well.
Seeing a podiatrist is a way of making sure your child’s foot growth is regular and on track, as well as treating any injuries, nail problems, and other issues quickly and effectively. Just like you, sometimes your son or daughter’s feet simply need a check-up. Other times, your child may not communicate a problem he or she is having with his or her feet. A regular podiatry check can catch those issues now so they don’t become serious later.
Parents, if you’re wondering if your child’s feet are healthy or if you should have them checked “just in case,” don’t wait. Let caring and experienced specialists like our team at Dallas Podiatry Works help your child grow with happy, healthy feet. Contact our Texas offices today for an appointment and healthier feet for your family. You can use the website, or call us: (972) 566-7474 for Dallas, or (972) 943-3323 for Plano.