School’s out and your children are most likely excited to trade classrooms and homework for carefree days of playing and enjoying the great outdoors. At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we know that summer presents a unique set of challenges for children’s feet. Below are some podiatric problems that we want to alert parents to and also what precautions to take to prevent them.
Ankle Sprains—if your child’s summer shoe style of choice is flip-flops, they are exposing their feet to an increased risk of injury. Although quick to slip on, flip-flops provide no structure or support for the feet. Running or playing sports in these types of shoes will likely result in ankle sprains or other injuries.
Fungal Infections—the one time that flip-flops are an appropriate shoe choice is when you are spending a day at a public pool or beach. Warm temperatures and moist conditions are ideal conditions for fungal infections to thrive. Athlete’s foot, fungal toenails, and warts are a few examples of foot infections that are passed on by direct contact. Your child’s best defense is keeping feet covered in public places.
Sun Burn—for some reason, the feet often get overlooked when it’s time to apply sunscreen. Yet the skin on your feet burns just as easily as the skin anywhere else on your body. Even a single bad burn can increase your child’s risk for skin cancer in the future. Use a water-resistant, broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Look for an SPF of 15 or greater. Reapply every two hours and/or after swimming.
Cuts and Puncture Wounds—don’t let your child go barefoot outdoors. Even in your own yard, sharp objects can be hidden in the grass that could result in a nasty cut or puncture wound. Be sure to treat any wounds promptly by cleaning thoroughly and bandaging after applying antibiotic ointment.
If your child does sustain an injury or you notice any unusual symptoms on your child’s feet, contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices. Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M. or Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. will examine your child’s feet and ankles, diagnose the problem and provide the correct treatment.