There is a common misconception that adults are the only people who can develop arthritis. The term juvenile arthritis is used to describe rheumatic disorders in children. There isn’t a known cause of juvenile arthritis; however it is suspected that kids who do have it inherited genes from their parents that lead to its development. Some researchers also believe that environmental factors may play a role in the development of the condition. Juvenile arthritis can affect joints in the feet of children, and it is important for them to see a physician or podiatrist if they suspect they have it.
Making sure that your children maintain healthy feet is very important as they grow up. If you have any questions contact Dr. LeKeisha George from Forest Hills Podiatric Medical Care. Dr. George can provide the care you need to keep you pain free and on your feet.
Keeping Children's Feet Healthy
Having healthy feet in 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 from birth to school-age.
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 of 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 contact our offices located in Forest Hills, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
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