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By Howard Schaengold, DPM
November 01, 2012
Category: Deformities
Tags: Flatfeet   pediatric flatfoot   shoes  

Children with Flat FeetAs parents, we want our children to remain healthy and happy.  But when they are in pain, it is our duty to find the best ways to help eliminate their discomfort.  While many toddlers grow out of flatfeet, it is important to pay close attention to your child’s feet in order to ensure their feet are properly developing before pain begins. 

Pediatric flatfoot can be classified as symptomatic or asymptomatic, and are quite common—usually nonsurgical. Symptomatic flatfeet exhibit symptoms such as pain and limitation of activity, while asymptomatic flatfeet show no symptoms at all.  These classifications can help your podiatrist in Sammamish in determining an appropriate treatment plan for your child.

Flatfoot can be apparent at birth or it can show up years later.  Most children with flatfoot have no symptoms, but some have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Pain, tenderness, or cramping in the foot, leg and knee
  • Outward tilting of the heel
  • Awkwardness or changes in walking
  • Difficulty wearing shoes
  • Reduced energy
  • Voluntary withdrawal from physical activities

Your Sammamish podiatrist diagnoses your child’s flatfoot by examining the foot and observing how it looks when he or she stands and sits.  Your podiatrist will observe how your child walks and will evaluate the range of motion of the foot.  Since flatfoot can sometimes be related to problems in the leg, your podiatrist may also examine the knee and hip.  X-rays may be used to determine the severity of the deformity, with additional imaging and tests needed for further diagnosis.   

Visit Dr. Schaengold of Plateau Foot & Ankle Clinic for further diagnosis and treatment options for your child’s flatfoot condition.  It is important to find relief for your child’s pain so that he or she can enjoy daily activities. 

By Howard Schaengold, DPM
September 17, 2012
Category: Footwear

Back To School FootwearBackpacks, paper, pencils and clothes are just a few of the things your youngster may need before the start of a new school year. When shopping for your child during back-to-school season and throughout the year, don’t forget to add proper fitting shoes to your shopping list.  

Your child’s feet are rapidly changing and growing. In fact, feet grow so fast when kids are young that parents are often surprised at how often they need to change shoes sizes to accommodate the growth.  

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, parents should consider a few things when selecting shoes for their little one. Remember these tips the next time you buy a new pair of shoes for your child:

  • Proper size. Poor-fitting footwear can lead to irritation and other problems, so always measure your child’s feet before buying a new pair of shoes.  Because feet are seldom the same size, always buy shoes for your child’s larger foot.
     
  • Avoid sharing shoes.  Hand-me-down shoes can spread fungi such as nail fungus and athlete’s foot.
     
  • Index finger. As a general rule, leave an index finger's width from the top of the big toe to the end of the shoe.
     
  • Breathing room. Buy shoes made of natural, breathable fabrics that are soft and pliable like your child’s feet.
     
  • Test them out. Always bring your child with you to the store to try on shoes before purchasing a new pair. When testing out shoes, the child should wear the socks that they would normally wear to ensure proper fit.  Have your child walk around the store for comfort and fit.
     
  • Examine the shoe itself.Your child’s shoe should have a firm heel counter, adequate cushioning of the insole, good flexibility and a built-in arch.

Feet are an important, but often overlooked, part of the body.  Since kids’ feet are soft and pliable, they are subject to abnormal pressures at a young age that can easily cause foot problems and deformity.  By promoting healthy footwear choices and consulting your Sammamish podiatrist whenever you suspect your child has a foot problem, you can ensure healthy development of feet.