Common Childhood Foot Problems
Like adults, children and adolescents can experience a variety of foot and ankle problems. Many foot problems are hereditary, while other problems including heel pain or ingrown toenails are usually the result of an injury.
Children’s bones and tendons grow so rapidly. Many confusing symptoms associated with their foot and ankle problems go unnoticed. For this reason, it’s important that parents pay attention to subtle symptoms. A thorough examination of your child’s feet by one of our expert Resonance Podiatrists.
Common Foot Problems
Children can experience a variety of foot problems, many of which go away as the child’s feet become more developed; such as pigeon toes, flat feet and knock knees. In most cases, these congenital feet and leg problems do not require any medical intervention. Other common issues that may warrant a visit to the podiatrist include:
Ankle Sprains: Ankle sprains are very common foot injuries for active kids, especially those who participate in sports. Sprains occur when the ligaments supporting the ankle are stretched or torn. Mild ankle sprains heal with little treatment, while severe tearing may require more extensive care including extended immobilization followed by physical therapy. As a general rule, rest, ice, compress and elevate the child’s ankle immediately following the injury.
Choose Proper Footwear
Many pre-existing foot conditions can be relieved and new problems prevented by simply ensuring your child is wearing proper shoes. Shoes that are too tight can cause blisters, calluses and corns on the toes and heels. Ingrown toenails can also develop and become infected. A child’s feet are constantly growing and developing, so it may be necessary to change shoe size every few months. Additionally, with time shoes have a tendency to lose proper cushioning and arch support. Footwear that shows a lack of shock absorption or wear-and-tear should also be replaced to reduce the risk for injuries.
If you notice your child limping, constantly rubbing their feet, tripping frequently, or consistently complaining of foot pain, then it is advisable to have them examined by a podiatrist. Many problems can be easily identified and treated, and early intervention is the key. Make an appointment with a Resonance Podiatrist.
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