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Your child's health and safety is our top priority. Please search our resource library for information on health, nutrition, fitness, injury prevention and other important topics.

A to Z: Clubfoot

Clubfoot is a birth defect that causes one or both of a baby's feet to turn inward and downward, giving the foot or feet a club-like appearance.

A to Z: Flat Foot

Flat foot is a condition in which the arches on the inside of a person's foot have less curve to them or are flat, so that the entire sole of the foot rests on the ground when the person is standing.

A to Z: Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease is a common contagious illness caused by viruses from the enterovirus family, most commonly the coxsackievirus.

A to Z: Kohler's Disease

Kohler's disease is a rare cause of foot pain that develops from temporary changes in bones in the feet as kids grow.

A to Z: Open Wound, Foot

Learn more about foot wounds and how they're treated.

A to Z: Paresthesia

Parathesia is a burning, prickling, itching, or tingling "pins and needles" skin sensation. Anyone who has had a foot "fall asleep" has experienced temporary paresthesia.

Athlete's Foot

Athlete's foot is a common fungal skin infection. It's generally easy to treat and prevent.


Clubfoot is a birth defect that makes one or both of a baby's feet point down and turn in. Most clubfeet can be successfully corrected using the nonsurgical Ponseti method.

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFM) is a common viral infection that causes painful red blisters in the mouth and throat, and on the hands, feet, and diaper area.


Polydactyly is when a baby is born with an extra finger on the hand or an extra toe on the foot. It can be on one or both hands or feet.