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 AssociatesHarvey Lederman, DPMMarc 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 injuriessports 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.