As children vault around jungle gyms and race through playgrounds, their growing feet and ankles are still somewhat fragile. Usually, this isn’t a cause for concern; most parents are used to navigating the occasional stumble or scrape. However, sometimes minor mishaps evolve into bigger bumps in the road.

West Hartford Podiatry Associates knows that healthy feet help with children’s growth, well-being, and overall happiness. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of three different pediatric podiatry complications that kids present with at our office, plus a few straightforward strategies for resolving them. Read on to learn more!

1. Toddler In-Toeing

  • Pigeon-toed steps are relatively common, affecting around 10-15% of toddlers.
  • However, while in-toeing is common until age 4, persistent inward turning past that mark can indicate tighter muscles or even bone growth issues.
  • A podiatrist can assess the cause and recommend gentle stretches, exercises, or even specialized footwear to guide tiny feet straight.

2. Severs Disease

  • That limp and the flinch when your child touches their heel? It might be Severs disease, an inflammation of the growth plate in the heel bone.
  • This, too, is common in active kids between 8 and 14—especially boys.
  • Rest, ice, and pain relievers are often the first line of defense.
  • If the aches persist, a podiatrist can tailor a more intensive treatment plan to get your child back on their feet.

3. Sprains and Fractures

  • Twists, jumps, and tumbles with unexpected landings can lead to sprains or fractures.
  • If the pain is severe or swelling is significant, your child needs medical attention.
  • Don’t spend your day waiting to be seen at an urgent care clinic! West Hartford Podiatry Associates offers emergency services for just this kind of situation, and you will receive immediate treatment on arrival.

At West Hartford Podiatry AssociatesMarc Lederman, DPM, and Kurt Rode, DPM, treat ankle sprainsfracturesrunning injuriessports injuries, bunionshammertoesheel pain, neuromas, and more. We provide the best podiatric solutions to patients of all ages in Hartford County, and if you’re in need of emergency services, we can treat you faster than an urgent care clinic. Contact us for your foot and ankle needs! Our office is at 2531 Albany Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117.