Ankle and foot problems are extremely common in children of all ages. While some issues are hereditary, most are due to strain in physical activities and sports. These issues are often overlooked and labeled as either insignificant or parents mistake them for growing pains.
As Podiatrists, we know it’s important to keep an eye out for foot problems in your child.
Parents need to keep an eye out for things like ankles turning in more than usual, accompanied by cramping and limping as well as the loss of interest in sport due to foot pains.
Some common foot conditions parents should be aware of that can affect children include:
Flat Feet: Flat feet are commonly a hereditary condition that can affect walking, balance and physical stability. Flat feet can correct itself as the muscles strengthen and the softer tissues stiffen. If the flat foot persists it can cause pain later in life due to tightness in the calf muscles.
In-Toeing (Pigeon Toes): In-Toeing is when a child’s feet turn inward instead of pointing straight ahead, causing the child to not be able to walk and run properly. Commonly, In-toeing goes away without any treatment, however in some cases treatment is needed as self-correction does not occur.
Severs Disease: Commonly found in boys more than girls and between the ages 8-14, Severs disease is when the heel bone of a child’s foot rolls either inwards or outwards more than it should creating stress on the growth plate which can result in pain.
If your child complains of pain or you notice that your child suffers from any of the foot problems above, it is always best to seek medical advice.
How we can help treat children’s foot problems:
At Podiatry Care, our Podiatrists take a detailed history and perform a physical assessment. Also, we use video walking analysis and take a 3D foot scan to find out what’s causing the pain. We will then create a plan to help make your child pain free and treat their condition.
Even if your child doesn’t have any foot pain or symptoms, it is still recommended that they are evaluated by a Podiatrist before they’re six years of age. Early detection of underlying foot problems can help prevent future adult foot deformities.
There is no need to wait until your child is in pain before having them assessed. Early detection now can save your child from long-term discomfort.
When you or your children experience foot pain, come and see the team at Podiatry Care.