It doesn’t seem to make much sense that children’s feet and ankles could face many problems. They’re so… new.
However, if you’ve started using anything new, you likely know that there can still sometimes be problems. Your children just tend to be more complicated and absolutely more precious.
The truth is that children can experience many of the same foot and ankle problems that adults face, from ingrown toenails to—in some cases—bunions. Additionally, there can be problems that are present from birth or begin to show as your child develops.
This is all not to say that you should live in constant fear of your child’s foot health. However, it does pay to keep a periodic eye on things and address potential problems before they have a chance to become serious.
When Other Problems Arise
Some other conditions are more sudden, and we are more than happy to help your child find the comfort and relief they need when they arise.
Ingrown toenails can be common in younger children. Sometimes these are due to too tight shoes and socks, or are simply an inherited condition. Many cases can be treated at home, but we can provide professional treatment for cases that are especially painful or just keep coming back again and again.
Older, often active kids in adolescence can also develop heel pain as a part of growing up. This condition, known as Sever’s disease, can go away with proper treatment, as well as tips for stretching and warming up that vulnerable area of the heel.
Whenever any sort of problem arises with your child’s feet or ankles that is causing you concern, don’t be afraid to give Capital Podiatry Associates a call at (703) 560-3773. We will always take investigating something that turns out not to be a big deal than ignoring something that becomes a problem, every time.