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Common Foot Problems in Children

Children's feet are essential for their overall health and development. However, various foot problems can affect children as they grow. Flat feet, or pes planus, is a common condition where the arches on the inside of the feet do not develop fully, making the entire sole touch the ground. While this is normal in infants, it should resolve as they age. Ingrown toenails can cause pain, redness, and swelling, often the result of improper nail trimming or tight shoes. Proper nail care and footwear are key to preventing this issue. Sever's disease, medically termed calcaneal apophysitis, is common in active children between the ages of 8 and 14. It affects the growth plate in the heel and causes heel pain, especially during physical activities. Deformities, such as clubfoot, curly toes or overlapping toes, can be present from birth or develop later. Early intervention can help correct these deformities. Parents may wish to regularly inspect their children's feet and seek the help of a podiatrist for any of these common foot problems. 

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Desiree Garzon, DPM of County Wide Foot, Ankle, & Wound Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Boynton Beach, and Wellington, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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