Posts for: April, 2014
Intoeing in Children
Normally, most people will walk with their toes and feet pointing straight ahead. However, sometimes children’s feet turn when they walk, which can be called intoeing or pigeon-toed. Your child may walk with their feet pointing in, but most cases can be corrected on their own as the child grows up, which is why there are not any adults with intoeing.
Your podiatrist in Fairfax is available to properly diagnose your child’s feet and provide proper treatment plans when needed. There are three common causes of intoeing:
- Tibial torsion – the shinbone is the most common twisted bone. This twist can be caused by the way the baby lay in the womb while the bones are still soft.
- Femoral anteversion – the thighbone can also be twisted inwards, but is usually corrected in time, slowly.
- Metatarsus adductus – the feet are curved inwards, and typically get better without treatment, but for some children who have very curved feet, some bracing may help in the first couple of years of life.
According to your Fairfax podiatrist, children who have intoeing tend to trip a little more at first, but will be fine later on. Children with intoeing will also be just as good at sports and are no more likely to get arthritis or back problems than anyone else.
Intoeing should not get worse and your child should be able to participate in all types of physical activities. If you think your child’s intoeing is getting worse, visit our Fairfax podiatrist at Family Foot and Ankle Centers for further diagnosis. It is important to remember:
- Most children do not require treatment and self-correct over time.
- Special shoes and braces are not usually needed and are only recommended by your Fairfax podiatrist in rare cases.
- Orthotics has no role in the correction of intoeing.
Visit your podiatrist in Fairfax for more information on intoeing and the best measures to take to protect your child from further complications.
How to Relieve Swollen Ankles
Whether you are pregnant, have increased blood in your body or decreased circulation, or maybe you are a workaholic who is always standing or sitting for long periods of time, there is relief for your swollen ankles. If you are experiencing swollen ankles, your Fairfax podiatrist at Family Foot and Ankle Centers offers solutions for finding relief.
Swollen ankles do not just happen to pregnant women, but can affect each and every one of us at any stage of life. Your ankles swell for an array of reasons, including too much sodium in the diet, sodium retention, obesity, neuromuscular disorders, allergic reasons, trauma and standing too long. Your podiatrist in Fairfax is available to help bring relief to your swollen ankles through the following tips:
Drink water. When you drink plenty of water you are flushing your system. While this may seem like the opposite thing to do when you are retaining fluid, it helps to flush fluid away with more water. This is effective and will help you to see a reduction in the swelling of your ankles.
Elevate your legs above your heart. Sitting in a recliner with it fully reclined will do wonders for your swollen ankles. However, if you do not have a recliner available, then lying flat on your bed or couch with your feet elevated above your heart on pillows will work well, too.
Walk around. Walking around may help with your blood flow and to reduce the swelling in your legs and ankles, but everything should be performed in moderation. Do not sit or stand in one place for too long. Remember to move your toes and flex your heels every few minutes to improve your circulation.
Visit your Fairfax podiatrist. Prolonged ankle or leg swelling can be a sign of an underlying health problem. An appointment with Family Foot and Ankle Centers, your podiatrist in Fairfax, is a wise decision and will help put your mind at rest.
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