5 Most Common Pediatric Foot Problems
As a parent, you want to make sure that your child is as healthy as possible, with no physical ailments. Despite your best efforts as a parent, sometimes problems develop that can cause discomfort to your child. If you learn how to recognize some common foot problems, you will be able to get your child the treatment that they need to relieve their pain, with the professionals at Premier Foot. Here are the five most common pediatric foot problems and how to treat them.
1. Ingrown Toenails
An ingrown toenail can be easily spotted by swelling and redness on the side of the toe. Upon inspection, you can usually see that a corner of the toenail is digging into the skin and causing irritation. Your pediatric podiatrist can help correct the problem so that your child can walk more comfortably.
2. Plantar Warts
Plantar warts are virus-caused lesions in the skin of the foot that are typically painful to walk on. A plantar wart has a raised appearance, thickened skin, and small black dots beneath the surface of the skin. There are over-the-counter treatments for plantar warts, but podiatrists are able to utilize the most effective treatment options in Plano and McKinney.
3. Flat Feet
Flat feet (feet with little or no arches) are one of the five most common pediatric foot problems. When children walk with too much of their weight on the inside of their feet (referred to as “overpronation”), they are more likely to suffer from flat feet as a result. If flat feet cause other problems, such as pain in the knee, ankle, or leg, then professional medical attention should be sought.
Although it is less common than some of the other foot ailments mentioned here, clubfoot is still one of the common foot problems seen among children. When a child has clubfoot, their foot points severely downward and inward, and often has to be treated by an orthopaedic surgeon.
Intoeing, also commonly referred to as “pigeon-toed” walking, happens when the toes turn inward. Intoeing often corrects itself with age, but if the child shows signs of pain and swelling from the condition, prompt treatment should be sought.
If you notice any of these five common foot problems in your child, contact Premier Foot at [phone].