The Galician Association of Podiatricians (COPOGA) has launched an information campaign on foot care for boys and girls ahead of the return to school at the end of the summer holidays.
Chairman of COPOGA, Ana Requicho, Explains that many times, a father, mother, governess, or caregiver notices abnormalities in the way a child walks and supports their feet that might go unnoticed during a regular check-up by a primary care pediatrician, so they decide to take the child to the foot. disease clinic.
To prevent lesions in adolescence or adulthood, since 70% of adults suffer from some type of foot problem, the Galician Association of Podiatricians recommends taking children 3-4 years or older if any changes are noticed Go to a podiatry clinic to establish early treatment and submit it to a biomechanical study to ensure that possible foot problems do not affect future ankle, knee, hip or back health.
Five Warning Signs of Foot Problems in Boys and Girls
The chiropodist is first able to understand those phrases parents often hear: “The child is clumsy”, “He doesn’t like to play”, “He walks on his feet”, “His shoes are worn out a lot” or “Standing on tiptoes” To answer all of these questions, podiatrists have the proper equipment in their offices to diagnose and examine whether the following symptoms are worrisome or part of a child’s normal development:
- The child falls frequently, shows apathy for exercise, or feels tired when walking.
- He is often barefoot.
- Keep your feet together and tiptoe while walking…
- He complained of pain in his legs and feet.
- Your nails or skin look unnatural.
The 10 most common diseases of children’s feet
- ingrown nails, It’s usually caused by shoes that were worn in childhood that were too small or poorly clipped nails.
- plantar warts (papilloma)
- Hong Kong feet/mycosis
- Exceed sweating
- flatfoot baby eversion
- overlapping fingers/Installed
- bunion/teenage hallux valgus
- adducted gait (steps in with both feet)
- adductor plantar muscle
- Growth plate involvement (Sever’s disease, also known as calcaneal process. It is a painful inflammation of the growth plate of the heel and one of the most common causes of heel pain in children. It can occur in boys and girls ages 8 to 14).
heavy loads a child can carry
Backpacks are one of the components of school supplies.podiatrist explained Parents should ensure that their child does not weigh more than the recommended weight. “Excessive loading doesn’t just affect the back, it can also change other aspects of the motor system, including the way a child walks,” Reguijo said.
Colexio ensures that children’s bodies can bear no more than 10-20% of their body weight on the back without harmful effects, so that there is no short-term or long-term impact on their health. exist. .between result which can be triggered by an excessive load is changes in gait biomechanics, There are other problems with the musculoskeletal system, such as injuries to the hips, feet, or back, which can be exacerbated if you have underlying conditions such as scoliosis or flat feet.
There are a variety of problems that can be caused by a heavy backpack load, most of which involve the skeletal or muscular structure of the back: Scoliosis, kyphosis, lordosis, spondylolisthesis, low back pain, back pain…, Although there are early osteoarthritis, This is a joint disease characterized by cartilage degeneration and bone tissue proliferation.
Colexio also emphasized the need to distribute the load correctly, with the heaviest on the bottom and the heaviest on the bottom. The backpack is positioned on the center of the back, at waist height and close to the body without placing it on the lower part of the back. Also, they remember that traffic should not exceed 15 minutes. If it is a wheeled backpack, it is recommended to push rather than pull.
Tips for buying children’s shoes
children They should not come to school in shoes used for extra-curricular activities, such as futsal or basketball shoes, In other sports-specific footwear, they often have narrow lasts, thin soles, and man-made materials that can affect the foot with continued use.
Shoes from previous sessions are not recommended or genetic. Children’s feet grow seven to eight millimeters every three months, and you have to check that their shoes are not too small before they start school. Pressure on the toes, even if it is not painful, can lead to injury and changes in gait. “Inheriting shoes, passing them from one sibling to another or passing them between family members or friends is not the wisest thing to do. Everyone’s footprints are different and sharing shoes with specific wear can distort them”, Podiatrist stressed.
you shouldn’t buy bigger shoes necessary things lasts a whole year. A child can feel uncomfortable walking, no matter how tight the shoe fits on the instep, leading to chafing and an unsteady gait.
Another common mistake is buying shoes based on price alone.“Because it won’t last long.” You have to think that when buying quality shoes, we are investing in the proper development of our child’s feet.
fashion wise you have to be careful And put beauty above health. Shoes with rollers should be considered toys, not school shoes. Its use should be limited to a maximum of one to two hours per week. They can cause problems due to heel height, excess weight and instability. Ballet shoes or ballerinas are not the most suitable type of footwear nor are they platform shoes popular with some singers who have a lot of influence among girls and teens.