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Happy Feet Lead to Happy Kids; Local Podiatrists Offer Prescription for Summertime Fun in the Sun
BOARDMAN, Ohio (July 8, 2008) – Summer is in full swing, which means that kids are headed to the pool, the beach, parks, playgrounds, summer camps, and countless other places for fun outdoor activities.
As they do, it’s also the time for parents to pay close attention to their children’s foot health, according to two local podiatrists.
“Summer is thought of as the time for fun in the sun,” said Dr. Michelle Anania, a board-certified podiatric surgeon at Ankle & Foot Care Centers, a group of 15 podiatric physicians and surgeons. “Children in particular want to be outside, so it’s important to protect their feet to prevent serious problems later.”
From going barefoot to wearing loose-fitting shoes, sandals and flip-flops, kids often run out of the house without giving much thought to what they’re wearing on their feet.
“It comes down to two words: prepare and protect,” said Dr. Gregory Blasko, also a board-certified podiatric surgeon at Ankle & Foot Care Centers. “You want to prepare your children with the right footwear, and protect them with the right care.”
Before your children head for the giant slide at the pool, the oversized toys at the playground, or the exciting new rides at the amusement park, make sure they’re properly prepared for demands of warm-weather activity.
Here are a few tips to make the summer fun and safe:
More information about the benefits of podiatric health is available at the American Podiatric Medical Association website, apma.org, or the Ankle & Foot Care Centers site, at ankleandfootcare.com.
Ankle & Foot Care Centers provides comprehensive podiatric care at 19 locations in Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana and Stark counties in Ohio and in Greenville , Pa.
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