A little while ago, I read about an incident at the Garden State Plaza Mall that terrified me, both as a Houston podiatrist and as a parent. An 11-year old girl was riding an escalator when her foot became trapped; two of her toes were ripped off in the devastating accident and part of her leg was mangled as well.
In perhaps what is one of the best testaments to the resilience of the child’s foot, the heartening conclusion to this story came out this week. Thankfully, the little girl has undergone reconstructive surgery to replace her missing toes and her doctors are confident that she will be able to walk again.
As I see it, there are two important take-away lessons from this story. First of all, while this incident appears to be due to a malfunctioning escalator, as parents, we must be very cautious of our kids’ feet when riding moving stairways. Carefully select your children’s shoes if you know they’ll be riding an escalator, as certain styles of shoe, like Crocs, are more prone to getting caught in escalators and allowing devastating injuries like this young girl’s to occur.
The second lesson is less cautionary and more uplifting; children have a tremendous ability to heal, but they can only do so if we, as their parents, give them appropriate medical attention. Your child’s foot should never hurt; if your son or daughter is experiencing any kind of foot pain, come see Dr. Andrew Schneider at Tanglewood Foot Specialists immediately. The sooner you begin treatment, the sooner your child’s young feet will be able to unleash their tremendous ability to heal.