“Don’t Worry – They Grow Out of it is “… Not Always True!

“Don’t worry – they grow out of it “. is a common response to parent’s concerns about the development of their children’s feet or legs.

In some cases this can be true, however as children grow up their feet and legs undergo various stages of development.  Your podiatrist will be able to advise you whether your child’s development falls within acceptable limits for their age, or if treatment may be required.

Don’t dismiss your  child’s consistent complaints of aches as “Just growing pains”. The reason for persistent aches and cramps can sometimes be due to poor foot or leg posture.

Advice to Parents

  • Most  foot and  lower leg problems in children do not cause pain
  • Signs that a problem exists may include walking in an unusual or awkward way, unusual wear patterns on shoes and early fatigue.
  • If you have any concerns  about your child’s foot health development , seek the advice  of a podiatrist. To be assured that there is no problem is better than being told. “ You should have come earlier when we could have done something about it “.
Information sourced from Australian Podiatry Council  “Podiatry and children”.

Corns and Calluses are Symptoms

Corns are due to pressure over a bony part of the foot .  A common site is the side of the little toe or over the tops of bent toes where shoes press.  Often   corns can be avoided by wearing better fitting shoes and perhaps  some help from a Podiatrist in protecting these areas .

Calluses are due to persistent rubbing or friction and usually occur on the balls of the feet.  Most times these are caused by uneven weight bearing across the foot and need a podiatrist’s attention to deal with them and try to overcome the problem.

Corns and Calluses are symptoms – the cause needs to be identified and , where possible removed.  This is where you need to see a podiatrist.  Over the counter “ corn cures”  are usually inappropriate and are often dangerous for anyone with poor blood circulation or diabetes

Come Prepared for your First Appointment

To gain the best result in our time together

Information: In order to understand your concerns and to accurately identify your issues bring any relevant scans , x rays , and medical reports

Footwear: Bring the shoes that are a concern , or require review.

History: of injuries , past treatments that have influenced your journey .

We look forward to meeting you .

STEPtember

EACH YEAR WE AT WIDE BAY PODIATRY GET INVOLVED WITH COMMUNITY EVENTS AND THIS SEPTEMBER ITS TIME TO STEP IT OUT
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“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”
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If your Feet Hurt, you Hurt All Over

One of the key factors to a happy and healthy old age is mobility.  Being able to move around freely and comfortably is essential to one’s lifestyle, health and sense of well being .

Comfortable feet go a long way in encouraging a person’s activity.  It is obvious that someone with painful feet will do as little walking as possible.

“ If your feet hurt, you hurt all over “.

You can change that by contacting a Podiatrist. Podiatrists are  trained in the diagnosis , prevention and treatment of  foot disorders

Being an Employee  in the Workplace

As an employee ,you can maintain your foot health by

  • Being aware of the hazards in  your workplace.  If you have concerns about your foot safety, alert  your workplace representative or your employer.
  • Reporting any foot pain or discomfort to your employer or safety officer.
  • Making sure your shoes fit properly and that you wear appropriate shoes for your workplace. ( Eg, safety shoes if applicable).
  • Remembering – feet shouldn’t hurt.  Sore feet are signs of problems.
  • Visit a podiatrist if you have a problem.

Frog Sitting Discouraged in the Child

When your child first begins to walk – usually  between the age of 10 and 18 mths – shoes are generally not necessary , unless a problem is detected.

Allowing your child to walk barefoot or sometimes to wear socks without shoes can help normal muscle development.  If shoes  are to be worn, they should be fitted by an experienced  fitter after the child has started to walk.

Sitting positions may also  affect your children’s feet and leg development.  In particular, try to discourage your children from “ frog sitting “ with their knees turned in and the feet turned out.

Sitting  with legs crossed is preferred .

 

Information sourced from  “podiatry and children”  by the Australian  Podiatry Council

 

When was the Last Time you Serviced your Feet?

We love our cars and take good care of them.  But often we pay little attention to  our main form of transport – our feet .

The average person walks 128,800 kms in a lifetime.  That adds up to a lot of wear and tear over  the years.

Who is most at risk ?

You feet may be in greater need of a regular check up if you

  • Are over 50
  • Participate regularly in sporting activities
  • Have diabetes, arthritis or a circulatory condition
  • Are on your feet all day at work.

You don’t have to put up with foot pain and let it restrict your mobility and health .

Many problems can be prevented by early diagnosis and treatment.

What can I do ?

Consult your Podiatrist is

  • You experience troublesome pain, throbbing or itching
  • You notice a discharge coming from a tear in the skin or under a mole or nail
  • You have any other concerns about your feet.

Podiatrists are primary health care professionals who diagnose and treat disorders of the foot and  lower leg.

You do not need  a doctor’s referral to see a Podiatrist

When was the last time you serviced your feet?

Looking After Employees in the Workplace

As an employer you can prevent foot problems at work by

  • Promoting foot health in your workplace
  • Contracting a podiatrist  to give a talk on foot care to employees
  • Encouraging  your staff members to report foot problems , no matter how  minor
  • Looking at the foot health record  at your company – multiple foot complaints may suggest the workplace environment   itself  may need  addressing
  • Doing a foot risk assessment in the workplace  – look for ways to minimize the burden on your  employee’s feet   ( a podiatrist may be able to assist you with assessing  workplace foot risks)
  • Emphasizing  to the safety officer or occupational physician that foot complaints should be taken seriously .
  • If your employees wear safety shoes , ask yourself do you stock adequate range of safety shoes to suit every staff member?  If not outsourcing  the supply and fit of safety shoes may be more cost effective.
  • Allowing employees a cross over period when they exchange their old safety boots for a new pair .

 

Information sourced from Australian Podiatry Council  “ your podiatrist talks about feet at work”.

Fitted Footwear is Essential to Maintaining Foot Health

Regardless of your work place – office, shop ,warehouse , restaurant – comfortable , properly fitted footwear is essential to maintaining  foot health .

Appropriate footwear can protect your feet against cold, preventing them from getting wet  or by cushioning them from the impact of your job.

In many workplaces , safety shoes/ boots are necessary to protect against environmental risks but  they also need to be comfortable and correctly fitted .  Always have your feet measured . Remember that the length, width and depth of the  shoe should  all be considered .

Information sourced from the Australian Podiatry Council “ your podiatrist talks about feet at work”.

Many Adult Foot Problems have their Origins in Childhood.

Your children’s feet

You worry about your children’s teeth and eyes and other parts of their bodies , You teach your children washing, brushing and grooming, but what do you do about their feet which are still developing and have to carry the body through a lifetime?

Many adult foot problems have their origins in childhood.

During the first year of a child’s life their feet grow rapidly, reaching almost half their adult size. By 12, a child’s foot is about 90 percent of its  adult length.  This is why podiatrists consider the early years to be the most important in the development of feet .

Neglecting foot health can also lead to problems in other parts of the body , such as legs and back.

Most People Buy Shoes Too Small for Themselves

Shoe selection is most important for people of every age.  Primarily, footwear is worn to protect the feet from  injury while daily tasks are carried out .

Shoes must fit the feet of the wearer. This is critical to avoid the many problems ill  fitting footwear can cause.

Fit factors

The shoe should be  Long enough

                                     Wide enough

                                     Deep enough

If one foot is larger than the other, fit the shoe to the larger foot . an insole can bridge the gap in a smaller shoe.

A survey through Wide Bay Podiatry showed that most people buy their shoes too small!

Keep that in  mind when you next buy shoes .

Try to shop for shoes in the afternoon when the feet tend to be larger  and always have your feet measured.  Shoes should be fitted whilst you are standing , as this is when your body weight will influence their position and fit .

Some people  find their feet change shape as they grow older.

Problems can arise from wearing particular types of footwear  eg slippers or scuffs which may cause a shuffling gait .

Shoes need to be matched to the activity you will be undertaking.  They all need to fit.

For general use and for exercise walking.

Features to look for:

Lace up ( firm hold on the foot)

Thick sole ( cushioning and non slip)

Leather upper ( better ventilation )