Pediatric Foot Conditions
Plantar Warts, Flat Feet, Heel Pain
Children can be affected by many of the same foot conditions that adults experience, including plantar warts, flat feet, heel pain, and ingrown toenails. In fact, because of the nature of their growing bodies and active lifestyles, children may experience foot pain more frequently.
For example, normal bone and muscle growth changes in a child’s legs may contribute to heel pain and/or flat feet. Kids can be tough on their feet, which is why pediatric foot pain in the form of ingrown toenails and warts are such common problems.
Most Common Pediatric Foot Conditions
Ingrown toenails can affect anyone at any age, but they occur frequently in children, particularly teenagers. This is often due to tight-fitting shoes as kids go through growth spurts. If an ingrown toenail is not treated early on, the surrounding skin can become infected.
Other common pediatric foot conditions include:
This skin lesion develops on the bottom of the foot and may be mistaken for a corn or callus. It is caused by a virus and can be identified by the appearance of tiny black dots within the lesion.
Warts are more prevalent in children and young adults, possibly because adults have more time to develop immunity to the wart virus.
Plantar warts grow into the skin instead of outward and can cause pain when walking. You should NOT treat plantar warts with over-the-counter solutions. Instead, you should take your child to a podiatrist to have it removed.
This can occur in children for a variety of reasons, including musculoskeletal changes that the child will often outgrow with no residual problems.
However, if your child experiences foot or leg pain or difficulty walking as a result of flat feet, or if one foot is flatter than the other, you should consult with a pediatric foot doctor.
Custom orthotics or arch supports are often effective at controlling overpronation, the tendency for the foot to roll too far inward. Congenital foot defects that cause severe flattening definitely require treatment by a pediatric podiatrist.
Children may experience heel pain as a result of rapid growth. During growth spurts, the calf muscle and Achilles tendon are tight, which places stress on the heel bone.
Heel pain in children can also be caused by plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation of the band of tissue on the bottom of the foot, or Sever’s disease, which is caused by strain from the Achilles tendon. It occurs in active children 8 to 14 years old.
Pediatric Podiatrist in Cincinnati
If your child is experiencing any type of foot or ankle pain, the podiatrists at Cincinnati Foot & Ankle Care are well-trained in diagnosing children’s foot conditions and disorders and can provide an effective solution. Call us at the location nearest to you to arrange a consultation or request an appointment online.