The lazy, hazy summer days are here, which means more free, fun time for children. But summer also brings with it more risks to their foot health. At West Hartford Podiatry Associates, Harvey Lederman, DPM, Marc Lederman, DPM, and Kurt Rode, DPM want your children to enjoy their summer safely. So today, we’re sharing three common pediatric ankle and foot problems we see in our office during the summer months.
Apophysitis: Heel apophysitis or Sever’s disease is a painful condition of the heel that occurs in growing children. It happens when the tendon that attaches to the back of the heel (the Achilles tendon) pulls on the growth plate (the apophysis) of the heel bone (the calcaneus). Most often occurring in very active children, apophysitis resolves on its own as the growth plates fuse. For girls this is usually by age 13-14 and 15-16 for boys.
In-Toeing: In-toeing occurs when a child runs or walks with the feet turned inward instead of straight ahead, also commonly referred to as being “pigeon-toed.” Parents usually first notice this condition when a baby starts walking, but children at various ages may exhibit in-toeing for varied reasons. It is often noticeable during summer sports.
Pediatric Ankle Sprains: It’s great to have children running around and playing more actively during the summer months. Unfortunately, that increases the chances of an ankle sprain or other injury. The most effective way to prevent your child’s foot injuries is to ensure they wear the correct shoes for their activity type. We often see sprains and cuts in children who wear flip-flops when playing a sport or running.
If your child develops a problem with their feet or complains of pain, even if there is no visible injury, it’s time to schedule an appointment with us!
At West Hartford Podiatry Associates, Harvey Lederman, DPM, Marc Lederman, DPM, and Kurt Rode, DPM treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprains, fractures, running injuries, sports injuries, pediatric foot care, bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, and neuromas. We provide the best pediatric podiatric solutions in Hartford County. Contact us for your foot and ankle needs. Our office is at 2531 Albany Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117.
We made it to the last month of the year! Pat yourself on the back. This year has been challenging, and we hope we have been able to support you and your family. As we look forward and think about what we may want to do differently next year, we encourage you to consider our top three bad habits that should be left behind.
Bad Habit #1: Ignoring your foot health
Putting our health first can be a challenge, but it should be a priority. If you’re making goals for 2022, leave this bad habit behind. Instead, recognize the connection between your foot health and overall health. Don’t forget that you can also detect other conditions by looking at your feet.
Make the switch: Schedule your podiatry appointments for next year — now.
Bad Habit #2: Wearing the wrong size shoe
Brannock Device, anyone? The wrong size shoe is not only uncomfortable but also bad for your foot health. The wrong size shoe can make bunions even more painful. It can lead to increased friction, causing calluses and corns. Shoes that are too tight can reduce your circulation.
Make the switch: Get your feet measured professionally.
Bad Habit #3: Keeping shoes for too long
There are signs you could be missing that it is time to let your shoes go. If you see holes or tears, toss them. If you dread putting on shoes, even your favorite pair, it’s time to go shoe shopping. Don’t bring shoes into 2022 that will only cause you pain.
Make the switch: Opt for comfortable, well-fitting footwear with sufficient support.
At West Hartford Podiatry Associates, Harvey Lederman, DPM, Marc Lederman, DPM, and Kurt Rode, DPM treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprains, fractures, running injuries, sports injuries, pediatric foot care, bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, and neuromas. We provide the best podiatric solutions to patients of all ages in Hartford County. Contact us for your foot and ankle needs. Our office is at 2531 Albany Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117.
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