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By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
April 09, 2019

At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we know that children and teenagers have a higher rate of certain common foot conditions such as fungal infections, warts and athlete’s foot. This is due in part to their activities and their habits. These foot disorders are largely preventable, however, and parents can help children protect their feet by making sure their gym bag contains a few key items.

Shower shoes or flip flops—because fungal and bacterial infections are spread by direct contact, one of the best ways to avoid them is by keeping your feet covered when walking in public places where other people tend to go barefoot. Make sure your child knows that in gym locker rooms and showers they need to wear their shoes.

Extra Socks—fungal infections thrive in moist conditions. Staying in sweaty socks after practice will encourage infection-causing organisms to multiply. Pack pair for child to change into after they have showered.

Towel and soap—washing feet after exercise or sports is necessary. Sharing items that with other people who may have a foot infection is another way of catching one yourself. Encourage your child to use only their own shower items and not to wear someone else’s shoes or socks.

Foot powder—if your child has already had one or more fungal foot or toenail infection or warts, it’s a good idea to also give them a foot powder to apply before putting on clean socks. This will help keep feet dry. You can get an anti-fungal powder which will help fight off infection.

Teach your child to get in the habit of checking their feet over when they shower or bathe. If feet feel itchy or they notice other signs of a developing infection: discolored nails, flaky or dry skin, oozing blisters or redness it’s important to make an appointment as soon as possible at our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office by calling: 732-662-3050. Our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah will examine your child’s feet and prescribe the necessary treatment if an infection is present.

 

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