Common Childhood Foot Problems

los-angeles-foot-doctorMany times, the problems that children have with their feet are diagnosed structural development that kids will outgrow.

While that is sometimes true, it is not always the case.

When should you consult a doctor about your child’s feet? Keep reading!

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Common childhood foot conditions may include toe walking, painful heels, ankle sprains, fractures and flatfeet.

Foot problems are common in children because of their high levels of physical activity. Symptoms to look for include: ankles turning in more than usual, foot arch flattening, cramping, drastic change in physical activity level or the lack of desire to play outside.

Most babies are born with flatfeet and develop arches as they grow. But in some kids the arch never fully develops. Parents often first notice this because their child has what they describe as “weak ankles,” which appear to turn inward because of how the way the feet are planted.

Flatfeet usually don’t cause problems. Foot doctors only consider treatment if it becomes painful. They may not recommend any special footwear because these don’t affect the development of the arch. Parents sometimes worry that flatfeet will make their kids clumsier than other kids, but being flatfooted usually isn’t a cause for serious concern and shouldn’t interfere with playing sports.

Toe walking is common among toddlers as they learn to walk, especially during the second year of life. Toe walking often goes away by age 3, although it lasts in some kids. Occasional toe walking should not be cause for concern, but kids who walk on their toes almost all the time and continue to do so after age 3 should see a foot doctor.

Persistent toe walking in older kids or toe walking only on one leg might be linked to other conditions, such as cerebral palsy, muscle weakness disorders, autism, or other nervous system problems.

If an otherwise healthy child has persistent toe walking, a foot doctor may recommend a few visits with a physical therapists to learn stretching exercises. Once a child is around age 4 or 5, casting the foot and ankle for about 6 weeks may be needed to help stretch the calf muscles.

If you have foot pain, do not let it go untreated or it could very well get worse. Get your foot looked at today so that tomorrow is pain-free.

Please call 626-447-2184 (Arcadia) or 818-408-2800 (San Fernando) to speak make an appointment with Dr. Alireza Khosroabadi about your foot and/or ankle needs.

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