Symptoms of Foot Problems in Children
A child's developing feet undergo significant changes during their early years. The medial arch, formed by bones, muscles, and ligaments, gradually takes shape, resulting in a visible arch in the sole. Infants and young children often have flat feet, which is normal due to their flexibility. As kids learn to walk, their ligaments and muscles strengthen, and the arch area becomes less pronounced. By around six years old, most children should have developed normal arches. If a child experiences foot pain or seems to struggle to keep up with peers, a problem may be developing. Two conditions, in-toeing, when the feet turn inwards, and out-toeing, when the feet turn outwards, may require attention. In many cases, in-toeing might resolve on its own, but a persistent or severe case should be assessed, especially if it hinders the child's gait or causes tripping. Out-toeing often resolves as posture and balance improve, but serious cases or those causing pain should be addressed. Parents should also be vigilant about other symptoms like abnormally shaped toes, ingrown toenails, bunions, stiffness, limping, and sudden gait changes. If your child's feet are raising concerns or causing pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.
Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of InStride Family Foot Care. Our doctors 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 offices located in Concord, Charlotte, and Salisbury, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.