Are you waiting for your child to outgrow their foot pain? Stop. Growing pains are a myth, so the pain will continue without a visit to the podiatrist. Many foot issues that adults now experience could have been prevented with childhood treatment. The doctors at Gentle Touch Footcare are here to encourage parents to treat children’s foot pain early and avoid impacting future development.
Here are some common issues that affect children’s feet:
Flat feet are normal for children; there is a large fat pad that is present at birth. However, as your child grows closer to the age of 6, they should outgrow this condition.
In-toe walking is also known as “pigeon toe” walking, and there are many causes for this issue. If your child has this condition, they are more likely to fall or trip. It will feel like their feet are getting in the way while they walk.
This disease typically occurs in children ages 8 to 14. Often caused by overuse, Sever’s Disease is common in young athletes participating in basketball, track, soccer, and gymnastics. The condition is characterized by inflammation of the heel’s growth plate. Symptoms include pain at the bottom or back of the heel, difficulty jumping or running, walking on the toes, and pain when squeezing the heel, among other symptoms.
If your young athlete plays basketball, beware of ankle sprains. Symptoms include pain, bruising, or swelling of the ankle. Your child may also feel unstable while walking. Encourage them to rest the area, apply ice, use a compression wrap, and elevate the injured area. This is known as the RICE method.
There are many ways that we can help during your child’s growth and development. The way you respond to injuries now can impact development later in life. Make an appointment with our doctors, Bruce Theall, DPM, and Priscilla Seshie, DPM. Call us today at 973-673-3668. Our Essex County office is located at 310 Central Avenue East, Orange, NJ, 07018.