4 Common Kids’ Foot Issues

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Sometimes when your child is suffering from pain in their feet or ankles, you have to do some investigating to figure out exactly what the issue is as kids often don’t know how to fully communicate their symptoms. If you notice that your child habitually walks on their tiptoes, is limping, or has an unusual gait, there could be an underlying foot or ankle issue that needs to be checked out. If your child’s pain or discomfort continues for more than a few days, they should be taken to a podiatrist.

Here are four of the most common things that happen in children’s feet:

  1. Flatfoot. Flatfoot is caused by a lack of arch support. It can cause pain and cramping in kids’ feet, ankles, knees, or other parts of their legs. Sometimes there are no painful symptoms in childhood however, so it is important to pay attention to your child’s gait to watch for any awkward or unusual motions.
  2. Ingrown toenails. A nail rubbing and cutting into the skin can be quite painful, and if it has opened the skin, it can quickly become infected. As your kids’ feet grow, make sure you check their shoe size as too-tight shoes or socks can be a leading cause of ingrown toenails. The way the nail is trimmed is another cause. Trim them straight across and no shorter than the nailbed. If your child has an ingrown toenail, it can be risky to dig it out on your own; take them to a foot specialist for proper evaluation and treatment.
  3. Plantar warts. These small growths on the bottom of the feet are caused by the human papilloma virus. They can grow deep in the skin and cause a lot of pain for your children. They can also spread quickly if not treated properly by a podiatric professional.
  4. Sever’s Disease. Repetitive stress to the growth plate on your child’s heel can cause this painful inflammation. Since the growth plate is not fully developed until the child reaches about 14, trauma for sports or other activities can cause Sever’s Disease. 

Keep a close eye on your child’s feet and ankles and the way he or she walks. If you notice anything unusual or any sudden changes, or if your child is complaining of pain in their feet or ankles, make an appointment with your podiatrist. Here at Bay Podiatry Associates, our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Argirios Mantzoukas, can ensure great foot and ankle health for your whole family. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today at (718) 266-1986.