Watching Your Children’s Step
It can definitely be an exciting time when your baby grows up and learns to walk. You might also start to see some behaviors you didn’t quite expect.
Your child’s arches may look flat as they stand, but reappear when they sit down or stand on their toes.
And if they do stand on their toes, they might walk around like that for extended periods of time. Or their toes might point inward or outward as they walk.
These quirks are often part of a child’s development and learning to walk, but in some cases they can be sign of an underlying problem. The best route to take if you see something out of the ordinary in your child’s arches or gait is to notify us.
We can track your child’s feet periodically as they grow to make sure there are no abnormalities at play and that they are growing out of any peculiarities. If a problem does show signs of becoming permanent, we can take action as soon as possible to mitigate it, often through the use of custom orthotics and physical therapy, to make sure it doesn’t cause any pain or additional problems.
To prevent ingrown toenails, it is best to avoid trimming your toenails too short. Trim your toenails straight across instead of curving at the edges. Trying to cut out the ingrown edges can make the condition worse over time. If this is the first time you are experiencing an ingrown toenail, you may also try to soak your feet in lukewarm water with epsom salts. If you do not notice improvement in your symptoms within a couple of days, see your local podiatrist for further management before the condition becomes worse. In general, home treatment does little to fix the problem and can make the problem worse.
When To See Your Podiatrist
You should see your podiatrist if you continue to experience pain and redness or if your symptoms worsen. Your podiatrist will perform a minor procedure to remove the offending nail border and improve your pain. The procedure will likely be performed with local anesthesia to make you comfortable. They may also prescribe an antibiotic to treat the infection if needed. Most people experience minimal pain after the procedure and can resume normal activity the next day.
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