Pediatric Foot Care
It is easy to take young feet for granted. They don’t have many miles on them, after all. And for that first year or so, they’re still in pretty mint condition!
However, it is important to keep an eye on your children’s feet as they develop. Problems can arise on the road to adulthood, and giving them the proper care will help assure children reach maturity with as healthy feet as possible.
Whether a condition is one of the normal misfortunes in life or part of development, the experts at Associates in Podiatry can help.
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Common Conditions in Children’s Foot Care
Children’s feet can face many of the same problems that adult feet do. Sometimes they may be more or less common in children, or happen for different reasons—but they’re there!
Here are a few of the conditions we commonly treat in our offices:
- Ingrown Toenails – Once young feet start to grow, there is not much that will stop them. That includes shoes! Toes that run out of toe box space when shoes become too small tend to crowd together, increasing the odds of ingrown nails. Genetic factors may also be at play.
- Plantar Warts – Plantar warts can be more common in children than in adults because their immune systems may be less capable of fending off the virus that causes them. Their feet can also frequent places where they can pick up the virus, such as locker rooms and public pools, more often.
- Heel Pain – Heel pain can develop for a variety of reasons, just like adults. One particular cause that is more specific to the young, however, is Sever’s disease. This condition is most common in active tweens, and involves a sensitive area of the growing heel bone taking on stress.
Other conditions can of course happen. Bunions can even begin developing during the childhood years. The sooner such problems are caught and identified, though, the faster and more effectively they can be treated!
As baby feet grow up, they experience the changes they need to support your child into adulthood. This includes developing arches and motor strength.
As this happens, parents may see certain abnormalities in the appearance of their child’s feet or how they walk. This may include:
- Arches that disappear when a child stands, but reappear when they sit or rise onto their toes.
- Walking with feet pointed inward or outward.
- Walking for extended periods of time on the toes.
It is not uncommon to see these behaviors as your child learns to walk, but an eye should be kept on your child’s development to ensure they do not become more rigid or are signs of underlying problems. We recommend periodic check-ups in these cases to make sure such abnormalities are resolving on their own.
If your child still has flat feet after the age of 5 or 6, for example, steps may need to be taken to ensure they have the proper support they need (custom orthotics, etc.) moving forward. And, of course, any time a child has foot pain, that’s a sign that some sort of change or treatment is needed.
Children’s Foot Care for Now and the Future
We provide care and support for feet of all ages! If you have questions or concerns about your child, never feel that you shouldn’t bring them up. Remember that the sooner a potential problem is addressed, the better the results for your child and the better peace of mind for you!