My Blog

Posts for tag: cut

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
August 30, 2018
Tags: cut   traumatic injuries   bandage   first aid kit   scrape  

Has your little one experienced a tough fall recently? Or maybe, as a proactive parent, you’re hoping to prepare ahead of time for the inevitable. It’s hard enough to heal from traumatic injuries when you’re an adult, but to experience injuries, especially abrasions like cuts and scrapes, as a kid...it’s a whole different story!

How can you make wound care a more rewarding experience for your child? This is easier said than done - but Family Foot & Ankle Care, P.C. is here to help. When your child has a big cut or scrape, the first thing to do is to make sure it’s cleaned and bandaged up. This is a no-brainer, of course! But what about afterward? What if they’re scheduled to go on a field trip the next day, or it rains on their walk to school?

There are some easy interventions here that you can put in place to help prevent infection from setting in. At your local pharmacy, look for a small first aid kit - small enough to fit in your child’s backpack but large enough to not lose it! Pack it with a few of the essentials that you use each time you freshen up your child’s bandage. This can include a handful of new bandages, sanitizing cloths, antimicrobial or antibiotic cream, and anything else you may find handy. If you’re concerned that your child is too young or might forget amidst the excitement of their day to check in on their wound, call their school, camp, or whatever program they’re headed off to enjoy.

Let someone in charge know ahead of time that you would like someone to keep an eye out on your child’s wound, just in case the bandage gets wet or it comes off. Be sure to let them know that they have their own supplies in their backpack! This will make it a lot easier on their caretakers. If your child has a cell phone, you can always check in with them via text message. Before you know it, it’ll be healed up and you might even be due to see Dr. Alan J. Discont again for a foot check-up! Call us today at (408) 732-0033 to schedule an appointment at our convenient location in Chandler, Arizona today. 

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
March 29, 2018
Tags: Footwear   Shoes   Podiatrist   Children   Injury   Infection   barefoot   cut   bacteria  

Easter is on its way, and with it, many children will get a visit from the Easter Bunny. This is an exciting time for friends and family as it brings people together to make many lasting memories. It can be especially endearing to watch small children run around happily on the hunt for Easter eggs that are hiding in the yard, just waiting for their treasures to be found and enjoyed. In many areas of the United States, the weather for Easter is usually mild. That means a lot of Easter egg hunts can occur outside in the nice weather. When you let your kids outside, try to keep them in their shoes because barefoot running can be dangerous to little developing feet.

Beware of Children Barefoot Running

While barefoot running indoors is encouraged for small children who are learning how to walk, it is not encouraged for children who are outside. Barefoot running and walking can help a child find their balance and give them better grip and confidence, especially indoors on the carpet or hardwood floor. Outside poses a whole different threat. Debris, germs, and animals feces are all commonly found outside. Debris can cut small feet and cause bacteria to enter the bloodstream. When bacteria enter the bloodstream, it can cause disease and infection to occur. Another risk factor is that if a cut is severe, it can cause a deformity as a child’s foot heals. Growing feet need to be kept in the best shape possible to promote healthy growth and development in the future.

What if my child doesn’t like shoes?

Every parent knows that it can be a nightmare putting a pair of shoes on a child or toddler that just doesn’t want anything to do with it. Some parents would even go so far as to say it is akin to wrestling an alligator. While the battle to put on shoes can be a hard one, it is a battle that is well worth the strength and aggravation.

Try to think outside of the box when asking your child to put on shoes. Offer them stickers to decorate their footwear to make them seem more approachable and fun. Alternatively, allow them to choose a set of shoes they like at the store to entice them into wearing them. Another fun option is buying special socks that can only be worn with shoes. In any case, make sure your child has their shoes on before they go outside to prevent injury.

If your battle is lost, and your child is outside before you even realize, do not fret. If they are injured, call a podiatrist immediately. Our staff can help treat your child’s feet and allow them to heal in a proper fashion so that they develop in a healthy way. Call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Our staff can help treat your child’s injured feet and educate you further on the dangers of barefoot running.