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Children's healthy feet tips

Posted Aug 10 2010 12:00am

- Remember that lack of complaint by a youngster is not a reliable sign. The bones of growing feet are so flexible that they can be twisted and distorted without the child being aware of it.

- Walking is the best of all foot exercises, according to most podiatrists. They also recommend that walking patterns be carefully observed. Does the child toe in or out, have knock knock knees, or other gait abnormalties? These problems can be corrected if they are detected early.

- Going barefoot is a healthy activity for children under the right conditions. However, walking barefoot on dirty pavements exposes children's feet to the dangers of infection through accidental cuts and to severe contusions, sprains, or fractures. Another potential problem is plantars warts, a condition caused by a virus which invades teh sole of the foot through cuts and breaks in the skin. They require protracted treatment and can keep children from school and other activities.

- Be careful about applying home remedies to children's feet.

- Preparations strong enough to kill certain types of fungus, and can harm the skin.

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