Has your child been complaining of foot pain? The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons has said that there is no such thing as “growing pains”! If your child has had any pain that lasts more than a few days or is affecting their walking, it should be looked at by a Podiatrist. Here are some of the foot and ankle problems that are common in children:

Pediatric Flat Foot: Most children with flat feet have no symptoms, but some complain of pain or cramping in their knees, legs, or feet. They may have trouble doing physical activities or may appear to walk or run awkwardly. Some complain of pain or cramping in their feet, legs, or knees.

Sever’s Disease: This is a painful inflammation of the heel’s growth plate. It typically affects children between the ages of 8 and 14 years old because the heel bone is not fully developed until at least age 14. When there is too much repetitive stress on the growth plate, inflammation can develop.

Ingrown Toenails: Tight shoes or socks or incorrect nail trimming are the most common cause of ingrown toenails in children. When the nail breaks the skin, serious infections can result. Parents should never try to dig the nail out at home; treatment by a Podiatrist is advised.

Plantar Wart: Warts can develop anywhere on the foot, but they typically appear on the bottom (plantar side) of the foot. These warts grow deep into the skin and can make walking or standing painful.

Early Detection of foot problems create happy feet for life! Contact Dr. Kovac for a child foot screening, and help keep your children (and their feet) happy!

Content provided by The ACFAS at foothealthfacts.org