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iStock 000007379578XSmallBe it sport or play, many kids engage in running. As a standalone activity running is an excellent away to keep children active and in shape, effectively preventing or managing conditions such as obesity. All running really requires is a solid pair of comfortable, supportive shoes, which makes the activity very accessible. Running can make a great bonding experience between kids and their friends and family.  

 

 

As with anything, there is always the chance of incurring an injury when it comes to running. All injuries need to be accounted for since children are still in the process of growing and developing. Fortunately, with enough training and adult supervision, injuries should not be a huge issue.

 

 

Children should have their feet taken care of. To ensure your child has healthy feet, see podiatrist Dr. La Fontant of Foot & Ankle Institute of Iowa. Dr. La Fontant can care for your child’s podiatric-related needs.

 

 

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet in childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care from birth to school-age.

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

  • Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet
  • Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’.

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet

  • Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus
  • Be watchful of any pain or injury
  • Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible
  • Comfortable, protective shoes should usually be worn

For more information about Keeping Children’s Feet Healthy, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Des Moines, IO. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention good foot care can greatly reduce the risk of amputation in diabetic patients by 45 percent to 85 percent. Diabetes is the fastest- growing chronic disease in the U.S., according to Barbara Sadick of the Wall Street Journal.Experts believe there is a simple yet inexpensive way to reduce the cost of treating patients feet, and that solution is to take better care of ones feet.

The CDC indicates that more than half of two million people in the US are at risk for developing diabetic neuropathy, or nerve damage, which can cause loss of feelings in the legs and feet and in extreme cases lead to lower-extremity amputations.

Diabetes can cause devastating effects when left untreated. If you are diabetic, come and see podiatrist Dr. Rudolph La Fontant of Foot & Ankle Institute of Iowa. Dr. La Fontant can check your feet for any red flags and ensure your health is good.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

- Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels as this test lets the physician know how well the blood sugar levels have been controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). It is advisable to visit a podiatrist if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving the feet.

For more information about Diabetic Foot Care, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Des Moines, IO. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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