A Child's feet are different from an adults feet, because they are still developing and are not yet in full maturation form. In fact a child’s foot is not fully developed until 16 to 18 years old. In general, children are more active and use their feet more than adults do, because of this children can suffer from different conditions than adults do.
In order to keep your child’s feet healthy, it’s recommended that a child be evaluated by a podiatrist while still in infancy to rule out any congenital conditions, such as club foot. After that initial visit your child should be re-evaluated again between the age of 1 and 2 to identify any developmental issues with their ability to walk properly.
Foot pain is never normal in your child. Listen for the following complaints, which indicate your child is having trouble with their feet.
Pain in the foot, knee, or lower back.
Your child is complaining about being tired while walking.
Your child does not like to play in sports due to pain in the feet.
If your child has had any of these complaints, he or she needs to be evaluated by a podiatrist.
Conditions Seen in Children’s Feet:
Flat Feet can cause pain in the legs and feet of children. This condition is caused by a lack of tissue support in the ankle. Determining if your child has flat feet, requires a thorough analysis of thier walking posture.
Intoeing or pigeon-toeing:
Intoeing occurs when a child’s gait includes an inward appearance of the toes. Some children will grow out of this condition, but for others, treatment is required.
Toe walking is a condition seen in many children. It is caused by a tight Achilles tendon which will cause pain and discomfort when walking on the heel. Treating this condition conservatively is our main objective but in some cases surgery is required.
This condition is common in children, and seen often in our office. Ingrown toenails are when the side of one of the toenails grows into the soft flesh of the toe. You can help to prevent an ingrown by cutting the toenails straight across and not cutting into the corners and wearing appropriately sized shoes.
Redness to the side of the nail
Difficulty wearing shoes
Antibiotics, soap, and removal of the offending nail under local anesthesia.
Warts are also common in children. Warts are skin growths, which are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They can be prevented by not walking barefoot in public places, especially around the pool, which is the most common place children catch the condition.
Scaling on the bottom of the foot – this is painful and feels like a needle shooting through the area.
Contact us If your child is suffering from any of these painful issues.
2121 S Oneida St #270
Denver, CO 80224