If your child is suffering from foot or ankle pain, you may need to do a little sleuthing to determine what the problem is since kids frequently can’t fully communicate their symptoms. If your child exhibits behaviors such as walking on tiptoes, limping, or some other unusual sign, a foot or ankle problem may be the cause. Any pain or discomfort that persists for more than a few days should be evaluated by your foot doctor.
Here are four of the most common children’s foot conditions:
- Ingrown Toenails A nail curving down and growing back into the skin is quite painful and if it has broken through the skin can actually become infected. Ingrown toenails are often caused by footwear or socks that are too tight. Not trimming nails straight across is another cause. Trying to dig the nail out yourself is risky. Proper evaluation and treatment by a foot specialist is the safest course.
- Plantar Warts are caused by the human papilloma virus and usually form on the bottom of the foot. These warts can grow deep into the skin and cause your child pain when walking or standing.
- Pediatric Flatfoot from a lack of arch support usually causes kids to have cramping in their feet, knees, or legs. However, this condition can sometimes occur with no symptoms, so it is important to pay attention to your child’s gait when running or playing sports to check for any awkward motion.
- Sever’s Disease is an inflammation of the growth plate on your child’s heel. Since the growth plate is not fully developed in children ages 8 to 14, sometimes the repetitive stress of sports and other activities can cause considerable pain, and these activities need to be avoided until the plate grows sufficiently.
Check your child’s feet regularly and if you see anything unusual or if your child is complaining of pain in the foot, ankle, heel or leg, make an appointment with your podiatrist right away.
The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating children’s foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631-549-8637) and Briarwood, NY (929-336-4523).