Children's feet

Everybody knows that children have bounds of energy, constantly on their feet walking, running or jumping! Unfortunately, this almost guarantees foot problems at some point, leading to stress for both parties.

With a bit of luck, these problems can be avoided. Today we have some helpful information on the most common foot problems children experience.

How are children’s verrucas treated?

Verrucas are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). They can be spread to other people from contaminated surfaces or through close skin contact. They can be recognised by the black dots in the centre; these are small blood vessels that cause the verrucas to bleed. 

Verrucae are most common in children and young adults; you are more likely to catch them if you are barefoot in communal areas such as swimming pools and changing rooms. They are a type of infection, which means they can be passed between people, so it would be wise to keep them covered when in communal areas and not share towels or shoes with anybody

If a verruca is not painful, it is probably best to leave it alone; they usually go on their own within a few months. However, if pain arises, you should see a podiatrist like ourselves who can assist and advise you of the various treatments available for verrucas.

What do I do if my child is suffering from ingrown toenails?

Ingrown toenails are nails that have grown into the skin, usually down the side of the nail bed. Usually, they are caused by nails cut too short or cut incorrectly, damage by trauma and poorly fitted footwear.

Sadly, ingrown toenails can be extremely painful, especially when wearing shoes, due to the pressure or if the toe is accidentally knocked. Sporadically, ingrown toenails can leak pus, in which case, a warm foot bath with a small amount of soap for five minutes a day can help. Baring in mind, it is essential to keep the toenail covered with a dressing to keep it clean.

Your podiatrist will suggest the appropriate treatment plan depending on the severity of the toenail; the most severe and painful cases will often result in surgery. Frequently, they can appear to be infected, but this is usually just inflammation and disappears once the problem is fixed.

If your child has either of these conditions and is experiencing pain, a podiatrist like ourselves is your best port of call. We can provide expert advice on treatment and management of all of your foot care needs to get you back into your everyday routine.