pediatric podiatrist

Should I hand down Sneakers from one Child to the Next?! Lonnie Kaplan DPM

Now that the fall is here, many parents will be bringing their children to the store to buy new sneakers. When buying new sneakers for children, there are many things that should be taken into account. It is important to remember that children’s feet grow and you will most likely have to buy a new pair for your child every 3-4 months. You should always bring your child with you to the store so that he/she can be properly sized as every shoe fits a bit differently. If you purchase sneakers for your child that are too big or too small it can cause discomfort and irritation leading to your children complaining about the shoes.

Handing down sneakers between siblings is a big NO, NO! Although a younger sibling may grow into the same size sneaker as an older sibling, over time sneakers lose stability. This lack of stability can lead to injuries of the foot and ankle. It is also very important to check your child sneakers for wear. If you notice that one side of the sneaker wears down a lot quicker than the other side, you should bring your child to a podiatrist for evaluation as there may be a foot abnormality present. It is also important that a sneaker feels good when the child first puts it on. You should not need a break in period and it is also important to have your child try on new sneakers with the type of socks they will be wearing with them.

If you have any questions about the above or have children that wear down their shoes more on one side than the other, contact Quality Foot Care today at 215-230-9707 to make an appointment in our podopediatric center of excellence!

 

 

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Is it More than a Callus on Your Child’s Foot? Lonnie Kaplan DPM

One of the most common conditions we see as podiatrists are plantar warts also known as plantar verruca. These lesions commonly occur in children and parents often misdiagnose them as a callus (thickened skin) Plantar warts are very different than thickened skin and treatment is much different as well. A plantars wart is caused by the Human Papilloma Virus and it commonly affects the outer layer of the skin. It is contagious and commonly acquired by walking barefoot in a public pool, locker room, hotel room etc. Most of the time, children will complain of pain in the area as well as a thickening of skin in the area. If this is experienced, it is important to have your child evaluated by a podiatrist. The longer the delay, the more they can spread and the more warts you can develop.

Your podiatrist will typically trim the thickened tissue (usually not painful), and evaluate the area. It is common to see black dots in the lesion (these are small capillaries). There are multiple treatment options available and your podiatrist will discuss this in detail with you. Unfortunately the Human Papilloma Virus vaccine does not protect against these plantar warts. Treatment usually entails salicylic acid (most podiatry offices use a percentage higher than what you can get in the pharmacy over the counter) as well as trimming the lesion. Another treatment option is a blistering agent that exfoliates the top layer of skin. It is important to remember that warts take a long time to go away but the sooner you treat them the better the outcome. Always also be sure to check everyone in your family as they easily spread to brothers, sisters, and other family members.

Call Quality Foot Care today at 215-230-9707 for an appointment with Doylestown’s community podiatrists. We would be happy to discuss the above with you to keep your entire family on their feet!