Summer is a time for children to enjoy some leisure time once school is out. It can, however, be a time of increased risk for foot problems. Below are some issues we at Texas Foot Specialists see more often in children during the lazy days of summer.
Fungal Infections—there are lots of opportunities for kicking your shoes off and going barefoot in the summer but, unfortunately, that means more chances for getting athlete’s foot, plantar warts, fungal toenails and other infections. Be sure in public places like community pools, beach and lake changing areas and restrooms, gyms, etc. that your child wears shower shoes or flip flops. Remind them also not to share shoes, socks, towels or other items that touch someone else’s feet.
Puncture Wounds/Cuts—going barefoot also increases the risk of stepping on a sharp object hidden in the grass or sand. If your child does get a wound on their foot, be sure to clean it out thoroughly and treat with antibiotic ointment and a bandage, unless you believe it is exceedingly deep and needs stitches. It’s a good idea to avoid lake swimming while the wound is open as bacteria can enter and cause an infection.
Ankle Sprains—although flip flops provide adequate protection against fungal infections, they are not the right footwear for running and playing. Because flip flops provide no support or structure for the foot, it’s easy to twist an ankle or fall and cause another injury to the feet or ankles.
It’s important if any of these or other injuries to the feet or ankles occur that you contact our Sugar Land (281-242-4448), Pasadena (281-991-0600) or Houston (713-664-6677) office as soon as possible so that our podiatrists, Dr. Bruce Miller and Dr. Gregory Mangum can examine your child’s foot or ankle and provide prompt treatment.