Children’s feet are very complex structures and their correct development is very important in providing them with the best possible physical movement when they are young and for later on in life. Many children experience common problems such as growing pains, dislikes walking and wants to be picked up often when shopping, rejects wearing shoes, gait abnormalities, falling over more than their peers, flat feet and pigeon toes. Some conditions in children will correct as they age, and some conditions will appear at certain stages of their development.
Heel pain may also occur in growing children, usually between the ages of 8 and 14, and maybe worse during or straight after sporting activities. If your child is experiencing pain at the back of the heel that has limited their activity or causes them to limp a podiatrist can help. Cesar will be able to determine whether or not the heel pain is related to the developments process or something more serious and give advice about ways to alleviate the symptoms.
Skin and Nails
Problems with skin and nails on your child's feet may occur from time to time. Some conditions (ingrown toenails, athletes’ foot and warts) require treatment from podiatrist. Children also tend to be more susceptible to warts than adults. A plantar wart is often on the sole of the foot that appears to be hard and flat, with a rough surface and well defined boundaries. If the wart is causing discomfort, a podiatrist can assist with treatment.
If your child experiences these ailments and you are concerned about the way your child walks it is important to see Cesar for an assessment. The assessment will include looking at hip movement patterns, lower leg rotations and muscle tightness if present. Treatment can include stretching, strengthening, taping, padding or orthotics to improve function to relieve pain or enhance gait and walking.