When we think of problems associated with our feet, we may not immediately think of pediatric foot problems. However, as kids grow, they may suffer from one or multiple pediatric-specific feet problems. If you’re a parent, watch out for the following:
Don’t mistake calluses for plantar warts. Thanks to a virus on the feet, plantar warts often develop in inconvenient and painful places, such as on the heel or the sole of the foot. Plantar warts usually begin as small black dots and grow into rough patches. Treating plantar warts in their beginning stages can help prevent painful removals down the road.
If your child’s feet are extremely flat, meaning they have minimal arches, may be a result of developmental changes. While it’s common to outgrow these issues, flat feet may also cause more serious foot or leg pain. Consider getting orthotics for your child if their feet are extremely flat.
Also known as heel pain, plantar fasciitis occurs when the heel bone is inflamed. There is a thick band of tissue in the heel where the plantar fascia attaches. If your child is 8-14 years old, be on the lookout for Sever’s disease, which is caused when there’s a strain where the Achilles tendon attaches to the heel.
Ingrown toenails can occur at any age, but they are especially common in children. They occur when the edge of the nail grows into surrounding skin. It results in an infection that can be painful. You’ll want to address this issue as soon as possible.
If you have questions about any of the above pediatric foot problems, don’t hesitate to contact Alpine Foot Specialists at any time!