A child’s foot will typically change shape as the aging process occurs. Most babies are born with flat feet, and the arch will be fully developed at approximately eighteen years of age. When children begin to walk, their feet may become less flexible as the bones become stronger. Research has indicated that it may be beneficial for young children to walk barefoot indoors as often as possible. This may help the feet to develop adequate muscle tone and strength. It is important to wear shoes while walking outdoors, and this may aid in protecting the soles of the feet. After the correct size is determined by properly measuring the feet, the first pair of shoes can be purchased. They should consist of adequate cushioning that will provide maximum stability. Additionally, if the shoes are made of a breathable material, they may provide the flexibility that is needed to easily walk. If you have questions about your children’s feet, please speak to a podiatrist who can answer any questions you may have.
Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Keeping Children's Feet Healthy
Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...
Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.
Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.
Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.
As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’.
As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.
Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.
Be watchful for any pain or injury.
Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.
Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Westfield and Newark, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.Read more about What to Do to Keep Your Child’s Feet Healthy
Each year, many people incur injuries as a result of falling. Some of these injuries may be serious, such as hip fractures or head or brain injuries. Research has shown the fear of falling may prevent certain activities from being performed, even if an injury has not occurred. Many falls occur at home, and there are measures that can be implemented to potentially help reduce falling. These measures include removing loose carpets and improving the lighting in the house. It may also be helpful to install grab bars in the bathroom and shower area and use non-slip mats to help prevent falling. Many patients have found it beneficial to take their time while walking through the house or up and down the steps, in addition to keeping their living environment free of clutter. If you would like additional information on how to prevent falls, speak to a podiatrist who can properly answer any questions you may have.
Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with one of our podiatrists from Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.
Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.
How to Prevent Falls
Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:
- Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
- Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
- Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
- Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
- Utilizing a walker or cane
- Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
- Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness
Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.
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Pregnancy causes several changes to the body, and the feet are often affected. Many pregnant women are aware of foot pain, and this may be a result of flat feet. The additional weight gain may cause the arches in the feet to flatten and roll inward, and this may place added strain on the feet and ankles. Many women notice their feet have become swollen, and this may happen because of increased blood volume. Additional conditions that may develop may include ingrown toenails, or cracked heels. When the feet are elevated and resting, mild relief may be found in possibly minimizing swelling. Research has shown that incorporating a gentle exercise program into your daily routine and drinking plenty of fresh water may play significant roles in the general health of the feet. If you are experiencing foot pain as a result of pregnancy, it is suggested to consult with a podiatrist who can properly assist you.
Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with one of our podiatrists from Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.
What foot problems can arise during pregnancy?
One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward. This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.
Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy, but tends to occur in the later stages.
How can I keep my feet healthy during pregnancy?
- Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
- Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
- Wear shoes with good arch support
- Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
- Elevate feet if you experience swelling
- Massage your feet
- Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Westfield and Newark, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.Read more about Pregnancy and Foot Health
Research has shown treatments for ankle sprains may differ depending on how severe the sprain is. Mild relief may be found in resting and elevating the foot, in addition to protecting the injured area for the first several days. If the foot is wrapped in a supportive bandage, swelling may decrease. As the resting period ends, it may be beneficial to perform exercises that may help to strengthen the ankle. This may aid in regaining stability and balance that is necessary to accomplish daily activities. There are several ankle stretches that may enhance range of motion and flexibility. These may include tracing letters of the alphabet with your toes and standing on one leg for several seconds. Both of these movements may help to improve strength and ankle movement. If you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested to seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.
Ankle sprains are common, but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?
Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.
What are the Symptoms?
- Mild to moderate bruising
- Limited mobility
- Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)
Preventing a Sprain
- Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
- Stretching before exercises and sports
- Knowing your limits
Treatment of a Sprain
Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity. Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.
If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Westfield and Newark, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.Read more about Ankle Sprains