As kids are growing, moving, and playing, it’s important to pay attention to behaviors such as tiptoeing or limping. A foot or ankle problem may be the cause and kids don’t always know how to say what the problem may be. Many children’s foot problems correct themselves as the child grows up, but it’s always a good idea to have your foot doctor perform regular checkups to make sure your child’s feet and ankles are developing properly.
3 common foot conditions in children include the following:
Foot warts—Visible warts are common in kids and can be easily spread by itching and touching. Children can also develop plantar warts that grow in the plantar fascia on the bottom of the foot. Plantar warts are often hidden underneath the skin, so the only sign will be a small bump and severe pain when the child tries to put weight on the foot. Plantar warts should be treated by your foot doctor to prevent complications and bleeding.
Sever’s disease—The growth plates in the bones of children are not fully developed. Until the growth plate and bones catch up to each other, conditions like Sever’s disease and Osgood-Schlatter disease can cause severe pain and discomfort. These diseases may prevent your child from participating in sports.
Ingrown toenails— Children often experience ingrown toenails that can be caused by wearing shoes that are too tight. Your child’s footwear needs to be changed regularly to keep up with their growth and to help prevent constriction and problems like ingrown toenails.
If your child is experiencing foot or ankle problems, see your podiatrist for the best care. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX, is a board-certified and experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.