Children’s feet are constantly changing, and they’ve got needs as unique as they are. Furthermore, kids might not always express discomfort clearly, so it’s essential to address pain promptly.

West Hartford Podiatry Associates is happy to help clarify things with some expert foot and ankle assistance! Check out the details you should watch for below to stay one step ahead of any pesky pediatric conditions.

Common Pediatric Foot Concerns

Kids and parents have plenty to watch out for, including:

  • Congenital Abnormalities: Some infants are born with foot deformities like clubfoot, where the foot is twisted out of shape. Treatment typically begins soon after birth to address any walking difficulties.
  • Sports Injuries: Our extensive experience in pediatric medicine has taught us that young athletes really shouldn’t ignore pain from sports injuries. Playing through pain can exacerbate the issue, potentially affecting their athletic future.
  • Heel Pain: Overuse from activities like running or jumping can lead to painful conditions like Sever’s disease or Achilles tendonitis.
  • Plantar Warts: Caused by viruses in the HPV family, these warts appear on the soles of the feet. Public areas like swimming pools can be breeding grounds for these contagious growths, which are especially common in children and teenagers.
  • Toe Walking: Many toddlers walk on their toes while learning to walk. Most outgrow this habit, but persistent toe walking may indicate a shortened Achilles tendon or a condition like muscular dystrophy.

Steps You Can Take

  • Ensure your child wears well-fitting, supportive shoes that protect their feet during activity.
  • Regularly check your child’s feet for potential problems and maintain open communication about foot health.
  • Check in with an expert foot and ankle doctor! They’ve got the tools, techniques, and expertise to ensure that typical pediatric troubles don’t develop into something worse.

At West Hartford Podiatry AssociatesDr. Marc Lederman and Dr. Kurt Rode treat ankle sprainsfracturesrunning injuriessports injuriesbunionshammertoesheel painneuromas, and more. If you’re in need of emergency services, we can treat you faster than an urgent care clinic. Contact us online for your foot and ankle needs, or call (860)236-2564! Our office is at 2531 Albany Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117.