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Does your child have foot issues? Dr. Henry Slomowitz, your pediatric podiatrist, provides a wide range of medical care for problems of the foot, ankle, and lower leg. He has offices in Paterson and Paramus, NJ and serves residents of Hackensack and Ridgewood. Here are seven signs your child should see a podiatrist.
1. Your child has foot pain.
Foot problems can be due to certain medical conditions, but even everyday situations, such as poorly fitting shoes or overuse, can lead to pain. A proper diagnosis is the first step toward developing a treatment plan. Your child's podiatrist will perform a foot exam and may take X-rays. The doctor will suggest treatments that may make it easier for your child to carry out their day.
2. Your child starts running.
Runners are especially prone to aches and pains like shin splints. A foot doctor can assess your child's feet to flag potential problems and recommend strategies to avoid them. A foot doctor can also recommend the best type of athletic shoe for your child's feet.
3. Your child has diabetes.
Diabetes makes children more prone to foot problems. If your child has diabetes,
5. Your child has ingrown toenails.
When a toenail grows into the skin, the ingrown nail can cause an infection. Ingrown toenails usually affect the big toe. If your child's toenail
6. You suspect a sprain or broken bone.
Podiatrists are experts at treating broken bones, sprains, and strains in the foot and ankle. They can diagnose your child's injury and suggest treatment. Your child's podiatrist can also create a flexible cast to help the area heal. Trouble walking, swelling, redness, and increasing pain following an injury are all reasons to see a pediatric podiatrist in Paterson and Paramus.
7. Your child has a corn or callus.
Corns and calluses are some of the most common reasons people visit a podiatrist. These areas of built-up skin can be painful if they get too thick. Your child's foot doctor may recommend reducing the size of the corn or callus.
Don't wait another minute- call us at 973-684-1011 today to schedule an appointment in Paterson, NJ. Call 201-599-9255 to schedule an appointment in Paramus, NJ. We offer state-of-the-art treatments for problems of the foot, ankle, and lower leg. Your child's feet will be in expert hands with our pediatric podiatrist, Dr. Henry Slomowitz!
Learn about caring for your child's feet from your Ridgewood pediatric podiatrist!
Your child's feet are two of the most important, yet often overlooked, parts of their body. Taking proper care of your child's feet will help you ensure that they don't experience any problems that can affect their development. Dr. Henry Slomowitz, your Ridgewood, NJ pediatric podiatrist, shares a few important foot care tips.
The first year of life
- Skip shoes, no matter how cute they are, when your child is a baby. Wearing shoes or soft booties can interfere with the normal development of the feet and toes.
- Don't wrap blankets tightly around your baby's feet.
- Let your baby practice walking barefoot, as long as it's safe to do so.
- Give your baby plenty of time to kick and move around. Kicking and other motions strengthen muscles needed for walking.
One to three years
- Continue to allow your toddler to walk without shoes when possible.
- Choose soft, flexible shoes to allow proper arch and muscle development.
- Make sure shoes fit properly. If they're too small or too large, your child may trip frequently or pull off the shoes the first chance they get.
- Evaluate your child's gait. It takes a little while for many toddlers to develop a normal gait and many are toe walkers at first. If toe walking continues, or you notice any other walking problems, consult with us.
Four years and older
- Make sure shoes offer adequate support and protection. Wearing flip flops and other flimsy types of shoes too often may often damage your child's feet.
- Stay away from hand-me-downs. Shoes may look perfectly fine, but since shoes mold to the wearer's feet, used shoes are not a good choice for healthy foot development.
- Discourage shoe sharing or trying on a friend's shoes. Sharing shoes can spread toenail and athlete's foot fungus.
- Pay particular attention to the fit of cleats, turf shoes and other sports shoes. If your child participates in sports, shoes must provide adequate foot and ankle support to reduce the risk of injuries.
Are you concerned about an issue with your child's feet? Call Dr. Slomowitz, your Ridgewood, NJ pediatric podiatrist to schedule an appointment.