Top Tips for Childrens Feet

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It is important to highlight foot problems in children as quickly as possible to protect their growing feet. Foot and ankle problems in children often go unnoticed due to the signs and symptoms possibly being subtle, and children sometimes find it difficult in communicating what is wrong.

After attending a recent Paediatric course, Podiatrist David Good offers the following advice:

  1. If your child is obviously not keeping up with friends in sports or in play or wishes for regular breaks in exercise, it may be because their feet or legs are tired. Fatigue is common when children have flat feet. Due to this the muscles/ligaments and tendons in the feet and legs can be overstretched and subsequently tire easily because the feet are not functioning as well as they should.
  2. Check your child’s feet regularly, often if something is painful for example an ingrown toenail/calluses/blisters/verrucae or swellings the child may not want you to know about it as they me fear that intervention is needed.
  3. Repeated clumsiness/tripping may be a sign of in-toeing, over pronation, balance problems or neuromuscular conditions.
  4. If your child is reluctant to play certain sports or sports they usually enjoy, it may be due to heel pain – a condition often seen in children between the ages of 8 and 14 known as Sever’s Disease can be a particular problem. Due to growth spurts muscles/ligaments find it hard catching up with bone therefore this can cause a pulling stress on the back of the heel and on the growth plate which combined with a repetitive force for example basketball/running, inflammation and pain can ensue.
  5. If inflammation or pain lasts more than a few days, have your child’s foot examined.

If you’ve noticed any of these signs in your children, call The Footcare Centre on 01932 849373.

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