It’s always a challenge to be completely in tune with your child’s problems, especially when it comes to their feet! To start, always keep an eye on children to notice any telltale behaviors such as tiptoeing or limping. A foot or ankle problem may be the cause and your child may not be able to verbalize his or her distress. Any problems that continue for more than a day or two need to be checked out by your foot care professional to prevent future complications.
Some common children’s foot conditions include the following:
- Sever’s disease—This is a disease that affects children because their growth plates are not fully developed. This disease will fade over time but sports participation may have to be curtailed while the growth plates continue to form.
- Flat feet—This is a common condition in children because children’s arches are not fully developed. It will also often correct itself as your child grows, but pay attention to your child’s gait to make sure overpronation is not continuing after early childhood. Arch supports and custom orthotic shoe inserts may be needed to correct this problem and will also prevent knee, hip, and back misalignment and pain.
- Ingrown toenails— Children can experience ingrown toenails that are often caused by footwear that is too tight. Always have your child’s feet measured every time you buy shoes. Proper nail cutting is also essential.
- Plantar warts—These are uncomfortable warts that grow in the plantar fascia on the bottom of the child’s foot. They are caused by a virus and are often hidden under the skin except for a telltale bump.
If you suspect your child has a plantar wart, see your podiatrist for proper diagnosis and pain-free treatment. Call Syracuse Podiatry located in East Syracuse, New York. Podiatrists Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico and Dr. Payel Ghosh will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.