With summer in full swing, families are out and about enjoying the weather as much as possible. Catching fireflies, eating s’mores by the campfire, and playing Frisbee on the beach are standard activities. Many families boost up their fitness during the summer as well. If your family is into running races, whether 5K’s or mile fun runs, take measures to make sure your children’s feet are staying safe along the way.
There are many running events popping up in which kids can take part, and encouraging their involvement keeps them active while having fun. The risk of injury, though, can increase if you aren’t monitoring their activity level and foot health. Keep their age and fitness level in mind when choosing a race. Pushing too hard, too quickly when race training could lead to a lot of stress on bones that are still growing. Sever’s disease is common among children who are very active, and the heel pain that results can be quite severe. Allow them to start small and work their way up. Pay attention to any complaint of foot or ankle discomfort. It may not be simple “growing pains” but a muscle, tendon, or joint under too much stress. It is also important to fit them with the best shoes possible. Growing feet need to be cushioned and supported in shoes that fit well. Too tight or too loose can both be a problem. Blisters, foot fatigue, or heel and arch problems could arise with the wrong footwear. Give them a shoe suitable for the activity. A standard gym shoe may not be appropriate for running long distances or riding a bicycle.
We care for people of all ages at Dallas Podiatry Works—healthy families everywhere can benefit from our services! If you and your family have any foot concerns, contact Drs. Joel Brook, Arroyo, and McClurkin for treatment. Call our office in Dallas, TX at 972.853.7100 or in Plano, TX at (972) 943-3323. We’ll help you have fun and stay active this summer.
The doctor has great “bedside manners” when talking to patients. Great staff and comfortable atmosphere.
The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of foot care.
I would highly recommend Dr. Brook to anyone with foot problems–especially problems that stump other podiatrists. He really is very caring and very knowledgeable.
Dr. Joel Brook and the staff were nice and helpful. Though I was a new patient, I got right in as soon as they were open in my preferred location. They diagnosed the problem and provided medicines along with a perfect gel bandage so I could keep exercising while my toes healed. My toes already hurt less and look a little better each day. If I have future issues, I will be a repeat customer. Here’s hoping I don’t, but at least I know my feet are in good hands.
I visited this office for an ingrown toe nail a few years ago. After seeing another doctor, who made it worse, he referred me to Dallas Podiatry Works. The doctor there was able to fix my problem. I’m not great with reviews, all I can tell you is that this doctor and staff will have you up and running or doing whatever it is you do in no time. You will be in great hands. You’d be a fool not to use this doctor. Now its time to visit him again for the other toe.
Been having bad ankle pains for 6 months was referred here and it was a great visit ladies in the front desk medical assistants and the Doctor were all very friendly and make you feel very comfortable.