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David Guhl, DPM
Amy Miller-Guhl, DPM
20700 Watertown Rd
Ste 200
Waukesha, WI 53186



 


 


  

 


Children are wonderful and lots of fun, but they are not always the most responsible people in the world. They may injure themselves, but when the immediate pain goes away forget to tell you about it. They also may not understand exactly where they hurt or why. That’s why it’s up to adults to make sure that children’s feet are cared for and healthy.

Parents who take the time to observe their children and examine their little feet regularly are the first line of defense against foot and ankle pain. They are best able to catch a problem early and keep it from becoming serious. There are certain common conditions to keep an eye on as your child grows.


To Worry, or Not to Worry, about Your Child’s Feet

Many conditions are common in children and not cause for worry. Take flat feet, for example. Babies are born with flat feet and only develop an arch later when they begin walking. Some never develop arches at all, and they go through their entire lives with no problems. Observe and analyze flat feet, but don’t worry unless they are causing pain or making it difficult for your child to walk or run normally.

Other conditions like walking on the toes or being pigeon toed are also not uncommon in children’s feet. Usually these conditions are outgrown and disappear as the child develops. If the child doesn’t start walking on the whole foot or stumbles while pigeon-toeing after age two, bring them to Waukesha Foot Specialists for a consultation.

Similarly, bowlegs continuing after age two or occurring in only one leg may be cause for concern, as there are serious but treatable conditions like rickets and Blount’s disease that could be affecting your child. Knock knees can often occur between ages three and six as your child’s frame adjusts, and usually correct themselves, but they should be addressed if they persist, are severe, or occur in only one leg.


See Your Podiatrist for These Conditions

Certain foot deformities such as club feet can be more serious, and they will need to be corrected early in infancy to avoid problems later on. If you notice your child limping or refusing to participate in activities, try to find out what’s bothering them. Check their feet for sores or red spots that indicate pressure. See if their foot might be rigid; if they can’t move it up and down or side to side, walking and running will be difficult. Be sure to bring them to Waukesha Foot Specialists if they have a rash or itchy spots on their feet. Come in if they complain about pain in their feet, too. Discomfort is not normal. It is their body’s way of telling you something is wrong. Many conditions can be addressed if caught early.


Day to Day Care for Children’s Feet

Your little one’s feet may smell without proper hygiene, so teach this by washing and drying their feet each day and properly trimming their toenails. Babies don’t need shoes and shouldn’t wear them while they are learning to walk. Once they start walking outside, choose your child’s socks and shoes carefully, to make sure they don’t pinch or rub against the feet anywhere, and that they give the proper support during activity. Changing shoes every other day can help them dry out. Don’t leave gym shoes in a plastic bag, either; dry them out, and provide clean dry socks each day.

Dr. David Guhl and Dr. Amy Miller-Guhl are passionate about helping parents give their children the best chance of a healthy life free of foot pain. Call our office in Waukesha, WI at (262) 544-0700, and set up an appointment if you have any concerns about your little one’s feet. You can also explore our website for more information or to request an appointment.

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20700 Watertown Rd.
Waukesha, WI 53186

Foot Specialists - Waukesha, David Guhl, DPM, Amy Miller-Guhl, DPM, 20700 Watertown Rd, Waukesha WI, 53186 262-544-0700