Dr. Marc Goldberg of Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD, provides his patients with podiatric care. He even has tips for parents on how they should take care of their children's feet.
Here are just a few words of advice on pediatric foot care:
Foot Examinations at Home
Inspect your newborn’s feet for anything unusual, for catching problems early enough means treating/correcting abnormalities, like club foot. Make sure that you cover your baby’s feet lightly so your baby can move freely. Leg movement strengthens the muscles and develops legs in preparation to walk. In addition, let your toddler walk around with socks while indoors to strengthen muscles and help develop the grasping action of toes. Another issue to look out for is lingering toe-walking, which is when a child walks exclusively on their toes after age two. If that's the case, then you need to speak with Dr. Goldberg.
Hygienic Pediatric Foot Care
There are hygienic protocols to maintain as well. Cut toenails straight across, like you would do for yourself, to prevent ingrown toenails and infection. Keep feet clean and dry to prevent bacterial and fungal infections. If you think that your child may have some sort of infection, contact your podiatrist for help at any of his office locations: Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD.
Buy well-fitting shoes to prevent blisters, corns, calluses, or ingrown toenails. Measure your child's feet every time you buy new shoes because of growth spurts, or rapid growth. Prevent foot injuries and cover cuts. Avoid letting your children walk barefoot outside because that exposes them to contaminated foreign objects injuring them. If they do get hurt, wash the minor cuts, scrapes, and scratches with soap and water, cover them with bandages.
Who Should You Call?
Dr. Marc Goldberg of Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD, can help with pediatric foot care.
Just call him at any of the following locations:
- Olney: (301) 924-5044
- Camp Springs: (301) 868-7670
- Silver Spring: (301) 439-0300
- Kensington: (301) 868-7670