FIND SOLUTIONS TO FEET IS­SUES FOR YOUR CHIL­DREN

Po­di­a­trists can help treat com­mon foot prob­lems among chil­dren

Bundaberg Style - - PODIATRY -

What causes plan­tar warts in a child?

ALL warts are caused by a type of hu­man papil­lo­mavirus.

Warts are more com­mon in chil­dren than adults, but they can oc­cur at any age.

A per­son is more at risk for warts if he or she has:

● Close con­tact with some­one who has warts;

● A weak im­mune sys­tem.

Plan­tar warts oc­cur when the virus en­ters the body through cuts or breaks in the skin and causes growths to build up on the soles of the feet.

Plan­tar warts are not dan­ger­ous, but they can be painful and re­sis­tant to treat­ment.

You should seek treat­ment from a podiatrist if your child’s plan­tar warts:

● Are painful;

● Cause prob­lems with nor­mal ac­tiv­i­ties; ● Are em­bar­rass­ing;

● Are at risk of spread­ing in­fec­tion to sib­lings or oth­ers.

In­grown toe­nails in chil­dren

In­grown toe­nails are a com­mon, painful con­di­tion that fre­quently af­fects chil­dren and ado­les­cents.

It oc­curs when skin on the side of a nail grows over the edge of the nail, or when the nail it­self grows into the skin. This con­di­tion is usu­ally very painful and can be as­so­ci­ated with in­fec­tion of the toe.

Some in­grown toe­nails are chronic, with re­peated episodes of pain and in­fec­tion.

Two ma­jor causes of in­grown toe­nail are poorly fit­ting school shoes and im­prop­erly trimmed nails. Shoes that are too tight or nar­row press on the sides of the nail and en­cour­age it to press in against the ad­ja­cent skin.

Nails that are trimmed down into the cor­ners, cut too short or picked at, chewed or peeled off are also more likely to be­come in­grown.

The big toe is most com­monly af­fected in chil­dren and th­ese are the most com­mon symp­toms:

● Pain when any pres­sure is placed on the toe, espe­cially in­side an en­closed shoe;

● Red­ness of the skin sur­round­ing the nail;

● Lo­calised swelling and in­flam­ma­tion;

● Over­growth of skin (proud flesh) at the side of the nail;

● Dis­charge or drainage, in­clud­ing blood or pus;

● Throb­bing pain in the toe.

Treat­ment for an in­grown toe­nail will de­pend upon the sever­ity of the in­grown nail and whether it is the first episode or if it is a re­cur­ring prob­lem.

If your child is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing re­peated episodes of in­grown toe­nails they may need treat­ment by a qual­i­fied podiatrist.

15 PHOTO: BRIANAJACKSON

It is al­ways wise to con­sult a podiatrist in re­gards to your chil­dren's feet health.

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