There is nothing worse than when your child is in pain and discomfort. Unfortunately, a problem is bound to surface at some point. Of course, you may not expect them to be dealing with foot pain. What could be going on and how should you treat the issue? And when should you visit a podiatrist to treat your child’s symptoms? We have all the answers and more.
Children will often experience some aches and pains from time to time, particularly during growth spurts. So, when is it just a normal discomfort and something worth getting checked out? First, ask your child to describe their pain. The location of the pain is important for determining the root cause.
Podiatrists often have parents bring their children in when they are suffering from heel pain. In some cases, Sever’s disease may be the cause of this pain. This heel condition affects the growth plate of the foot and is most common in children who are active or who are going through the beginning stages of puberty.
Some children end up having flat feet, which can also lead to pain and overtired muscles. The arches of the feet typically develop by the age of 5 years old. Of course, this isn’t always the case for all children. If you notice that your child doesn’t have visible arches when they are standing up then their foot pain could be due to flat footedness. Children with flat feet often experience tired, achy feet and legs that get worse with physical activity. Fortunately, this is an issue that can be addressed by a podiatrist.
Sometimes your child’s pain is the result of an injury. Maybe they came off the field limping or they twisted their ankle walking down the stairs. If you suspect that your child has sustained an injury or if they have had an accident then you need to take them to a foot specialist right away for care.
Another reason your child may experience foot pain may have to do with their shoes. The shoes they wear day in and day out should provide their changing feet with the proper support they need. As shoes get too old and begin to wear away, certain spots may start to rub against your child’s foot and cause irritation and pain. Changing shoes every three to four months is a good rule, particularly if they are active.
Of course, if you have any concerns about the health of your children’s feet it’s always a good idea to call a podiatrist to have your questions and concerns addressed.