Parents are naturally concerned about their children’s health, but do you know how to spot foot problems in your kids?
Some parents may overreact when they see something different in their child’s gait (walk), while others may miss a more slight problem.
Education is the key, and we have easy some tips for you to be able to spot foot problems in your children, so keep reading!
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Parents often struggle to know which signs and symptoms are temporary in thier kids’ feet and those that are more serious. While many children’s foot problems resolve themselves with growth and time, there are signs that tell parents when their children need help from a foot and ankle doctor.
Common childhood foot problems may include pediatric flat foot, toe walking, in-toeing, flat or high arches, tarsal coalitions and extra bone growth. While these conditions and their treatments are different, they share some common signs that parents can be on the look out for:
- Pain, swelling and redness that does not subside
- Development of thick calluses in one area of the foot
- Problems with the way your child walks (gait)
- Shins or thighbones that appear to turn inward
- Ankles that are weak or easily give out
Pediatricians (doctors who specialize in treating kids) and foot and ankle doctors can work together to ensure these conditions do not affect a child’s overall growth and development. That said, you don’t need a referral to make an appointment with a foot and ankle doctor if you feel like your child is showing some of the above symptoms.
There are a variety of treatment options for these conditions that parents can evaluate in partnership with a foot and ankle doctor. Sometimes all that is required are less invasive treatments such as shoe modifications, orthotic devices and physical therapy to treat your child’s foot problem.
There may be times when your child needs more intensive treatments such as bracing, steroid injections or surgery. A foot and ankle doctor can advise parents on which treatment offers the best long-term success for their children.
If you or your child suffer from foot pain, do not let it go untreated or it could very well get worse. Get your foot looked at today so that tomorrow is pain-free.
Please call 626-447-2184 (Arcadia) or 818-408-2800 (San Fernando) to speak make an appointment with Dr. Alireza Khosroabadi about your foot and/or ankle needs.