Children’s Foot Problems

common children's foot problemsIssues that affect the feet can contribute to pain throughout the lower body, back, shoulders, and neck. Children who experience ongoing foot pain should be evaluated by a pediatric podiatrist.

What Are Common Children’s Foot Problems?

In general, children can suffer many of the same ailments of the foot that adults do. Some of these may be temporary, while others can result in long-lasting health issues. It’s vital to seek out treatment as soon as possible to prevent recurring issues or structural damage.

Some of the most common pediatric foot problems include:

Ingrown Toenail

Ingrown toenails happen when the edge of the nail, typically on the big toe, grows into the skin next to it. This makes it painful to walk and can result in an infection if the issue is not resolved. Children and teens are somewhat more vulnerable than adults because growth spurts can cause their shoes to be too small. Typical signs of infection include redness and swelling.

Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are warts that appear on the sole of the foot. They are caused by a virus that is very often spread between children, although it can affect anyone. The growths caused by the virus are often mistaken for corns or calluses since they are thick, circular, and may have a green or yellowish appearance. A wart is distinguished by tiny black dots on the lesion itself.

Flat Feet

Feet with minimal or no visible arches are referred to as flat feet. They may develop normally and could be outgrown with no problem. Treatment is necessary if the foot or leg pain develops as a result of the disorder. Children should be evaluated for congenital foot defects early in life. This can make it easier to treat flat feet if they develop in the future.

Plantar Fasciitis

Heel pain is frequently caused by this disorder. It occurs when inflammation of a specific area of the heel bone occurs. Pain can occur either with activity or after rest. Heel pain can also result from Sever’s disease, a disorder that is usually seen among physically active young people aged 8-14. Some forms of heel pain may subside on their own after growth spurts.

What Are Treatment Options for Children’s Foot Problems?

The specific treatment for children’s foot problems depends on the issue, its severity, and in some cases, the age of the patient. Some issues, such as plantar warts, will naturally go away on their own as long as steps are taken to ensure the problem does not spread or worsen. On the other hand, flat feet or plantar fasciitis are problems that may require surgical intervention, especially in extreme cases.

If a child has a severe foot problem, addressing it early will help to ensure that he or she will continue to grow up strong and healthy. The sooner these worries are solved, the less likely it is that they will cause pain or structural changes in the legs or elsewhere in the body.

With help from an experienced podiatrist who understands children’s health, they can move forward into a happy and active lifestyle.

If your child is suffering from a common podiatry problem, contact Northeastern Foot & Ankle today. Our doctor can help with treatment options.