Kids foot pain is not normal. There is no such thing as “growing pains.” Any pain that lasts longer than a few days, or limits walking, should be evaluated by our doctors.
Foot problems most commonly experienced by children are ingrown toenails and plantar warts.
Ingrown nails are sometimes caused by improper cutting, tight socks, or they are inherited. These nails can result in infection. It is important to see a doctor and never try to dig the nail out at home.
Warts can develop anywhere on the foot but typically appear on the bottom of the foot. These warts can multiply and grow deep into the skin, so it is important to get these taken care of
Children can have some biomechanical issues. The most obvious are flat feet, “intoe”, “outtoe,”and “toe walk.” There are some common conditions to keep an eye on.
Flat feet–It is normal for baby and toddlers to have no arches. Children usually outgrow flatfoot by the age of five. The arch develops as they begin to walk or may never form at all. It is not a
problem unless it is causing your child pain or keeping them from normal activity.
ToeWalking– It is fairly common for babies beginning to walk, most children outgrow toe walking. This is not a cause for concern unless they do it only in one leg, or still are not walking normally after age 2.
Intoeing (pigeon toes) – This means your child’s feet point inward toward each other. This usually disappears by the time the child is 4 or 5 years old. It is good to have it checked out after age 2 if it causes them to stumble and fall or affects only one foot.
Calcaneal Apophysitis (Severs Disease) – This is a painful inflammation of the heel’s growth plate. This occurs because the heel bone is not fully developed, and there is repetitive stress on the growth plate. It is the most common cause of heel pain in children and typically affects children between the ages of 814 years old.
Many pediatricians tell parents their children will grow out of it, in reality they become able to compensate. It is important seek treatment if these conditions don’t improve, have pain, and limits their activity. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s feet, contact Montgomery Foot Care Specialists. Our specialist will take excellent care of your family’s needs!