PEDIATRIC FOOT PROBLEMS

While parents are attenive to many issues young children face, feet are often not a focus of general pediatric health. However, there are a number of a pediatric foot conditions a child can have that should be seen by your podiatrist. It is a good idea to be proactive in any possible issues for early recognition and treatment. The following are some of the most common conditions a child can get:

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Pediatric Heel Pain

The most common cause of pediatric heel pain is called Severs Disease. On the back of the heel, there is a growth plate that facilitates the heel to develop. During high impact activity, the growth plate can often become inflamed. Sports are usually the most common cause for symptoms to begin.

Club Foot

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Clubfeet are a rare condition that a child is usually born with. The foot is rolled in a fixed, inward position upon birth that does not resolve on its own. Your podiatrist would determine the severity and flexibility of the condition and devise a treatment plan to correct the deformity.

Flat Feet

Every individual is born with flat feet at birth due to bones of the foot growing at different speeds. The parent may notice the child is tripping forward due to this. Typically, it is normal for children to have flat feet up to the age of 7. After so, you should see your podiatrist at Premier Foot & Ankle to monitor and prevent any worsening if it doesn’t correct itself.

In-Toe & Out-Toe Walking

In-toeing means the foot points inwards instead of straight, while out-toeing is the excessive outward pointing of the foot. The biggest problem with in toeing is the tendency for tripping, though other problems can occur rarely. This can be treated with specialized footwear. If your child is having pains from in-toeing or out-toeing, contact our office, and special shoes or foot supports to avoid excessive pressure on the foot structure may be recommended.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur due to the child’s nail border digging down into the skin, resulting in irritation and infection to the area. While at home treatments tame the symptoms, an in-office procedure is typically required to correct the problem.

Athlete’s Foot

Kids are known to have sweaty feet, especially in tennis shoes. This warm and damp environment is a perfect site for a fungus to breed an infection to the skin. The symptoms of dry, itchy skin with flaking and redness are commonly seen. At home foot hygiene and antifungal medications are usually an effective way to treat the infection.

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