Our Podiatrist Nat previously spoke about the ‘working from home foot‘, but what about the ‘learning from home foot’?
Children and teens are just as susceptible to developing conditions of the foot and lower limb as much as adults are. And with more time at home due to school closures, and after school and weekend activities suspended, now more then ever it’s important to ensure our children and teens are still moving their bodies and maintaining good habitats, in order to prevent lower limb and foot conditions from developing.
Here are just a few ways that we can keep our children and teens active, healthy and happy during home learning, and ensure they stay pain and niggle free.
1 – Keep Moving.
With sports and activities temporarily on hold, it means there are less reasons to get up and moving. Add to this the fact that we are still in winter, it can mean that teens and children may be spending more time than usual indoors and sitting. With prolonged sitting we can see postural changes and reduced hip range of movement. This can then have a flow on effect all the way down to the foot. Ways we can help prevent this? Less time sitting. Getting up and moving throughout the day, whether it be regular short walks, bike riding or practicing sport. Setting an hourly alarm throughout the day can be a simple way to ensure your children are moving regularly throughout the day while learning from home.
This is an important one, and goes for anyone learning or working from home. Prior to lockdown many of us were going to work or school with our great supportive footwear. Some may even have orthotics in these shoes. Fast forward to learning from home, and much of the footwear may consist of slippers or bare feet. This change in footwear will impact our feet as all of a sudden the muscles, ligaments and joints in our feet become overloaded and in time, symptomatic. To prevent this, it is easiest to treat your learning from home time like your normal school day and wear a supportive shoe such as a runner while you are in school hours rather than bare feet.
3- Get any aches or pains checked out
If your child complains of painful feet, it is important to get this addressed. Some common conditions that children and teens may present with include Severs Disease, a common form of heel pain in growing children, in-grown toenails, plantar warts and other soft tissue injuries such as ankle sprains. As mentioned in the above point, it is important to keep our children moving and any form of pain that may prevent this should be addressed. The earlier a complaint is addressed, the quicker we can get your child back to doing the things they love.