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When to Worry About a Child’s Foot Pain

Early intervention is key to halting chronic foot problems in children. Issues that are common with children’s feet include flat feet, which describes the appearance of a foot that does not have a well-developed arch and the foot lays flat against the floor. While there are usually no symptoms of flat feet in kids, some children may complain of cramping, pain, and tenderness in the foot or leg. They might limp or exhibit an aversion to athletic activities and walking because they say their legs and feet get tired. It is important that parents do not automatically attribute a child’s foot pain to growing pains as it can be more serious. It is suggested that if your child says or shows they feel pain in their feet or legs, a podiatrist be consulted to do a thorough examination of the feet and rule out anything serious or structural abnormalities that might be helped with simple intervention techniques.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact our podiatrist of Dr. Powers Foot and Ankle. 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 one of our offices located in Bloomington, Bedford, and Washington, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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