Sports activities are a way people express their love for moving, playing, and competing. Many kids and teens take part in sports, but because sports involve a lot of physical activity injuries can happen. Approximately 30 to 40 percent of all injuries in kids and teenagers occur during sports. However, younger kids are generally less likely to get injured than older teenagers. The kind of foot injuries kids can get depend on the sport being played. The risk also depends on how hard the child plays. Some sports, like swimming, have a lower risk of foot injury. Others, such as ball sports, have a medium risk. And some, like riding or ice skating, have a high risk. Each sport has its typical types of injuries. The lower part of the body is more likely to get injured in sports like soccer, skiing, and running. If your child has incurred a foot injury from sports or from anything else, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment
The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Darren Day, DPM of Hawaii. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy
- Make sure their shoes fit properly
- Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
- Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
- Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
- Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
- Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
- Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
- Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.