Children’s bones, ligaments, and tendons undergo rapid growth during growth spurts and can be more susceptible to injury and pain during these times. It is good practice to pay attention to how your developing child walks, runs, and moves to notice problems with their feet. We encourage all your parents to have a podiatrist assess any concerns about pediatric foot care. Have your kids see a foot doctor regularly throughout childhood to catch and correct problems as they arise and to prevent unnecessary complications. Here at West Hartford Podiatry Associates, we pride ourselves in offering the best Pediatric Foot care for your child.
Common foot and ankle problems experienced by children usually include one or more of the following:
Sprained and strained ankles: This is one of the most common injuries in children and adults. Ankle sprains in children heal more quickly, but you should always have them treated promptly and properly by your foot doctor to avoid future complications or missed diagnoses, like fractures.
Achilles tendon problems / Heel Pain: The insertion point where the Achilles tendon attaches to the heel is often the site of tendonitis/apophysitis (Sever’s Disease) in children. Heel pain in children often responds well to rest and cold therapy, but if heel pain persists all your foot doctor.
Toe and foot fractures: Acute breaks and stress fractures are more common in kids since their bones are still developing and haven’t reached full strength.
Children often outgrow foot and ankle issues, but to ensure things progress normally, see your podiatrist for the proper diagnosis, advice, and treatment!
At West Hartford Podiatry Associates, 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.
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.
Pediatric Foot Issues
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