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Children’s Growing Pains or Serious Foot Concern?

Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

Growing pains are a normal part of development in childhood. Children may experience mild aches or discomfort in the legs and feet due to the rapid growth phases they go through. Typically, these pains occur at night and don’t continue into the following day. However, when children’s foot pain deviates from these patterns, such as being localized, persistent, or severe, it may indicate a more profound issue. For instance, pain that worsens with activity could suggest Sever's disease, an inflammation of the heel's growth plate. Swelling, redness, or tenderness could point towards juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Something else may be amiss if there is a noticeable change in a child’s gait, like limping or reluctance to engage in previously enjoyed activities. If you’re unsure about whether your child is experiencing normal growing pains or something more, it is time for a visit with a foot doctor, otherwise known as a podiatrist. This type of doctor can diagnose any issues, and offer appropriate care and intervention to ensure the best foot health for your child

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Kendall Blackwell of InStride Wilson Podiatry Associates. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Wilson, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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