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Children's Feet
 
 
 


 
Children with strong, healthy feet often avoid many kinds of lower extremity problems later in life. Contact our office to have your children's feet and lower extremities examined.

Infants

The size and shape of your baby's feet change quickly during their first year. Because a baby's feet are flexible, too much pressure or strain can affect their feet's shape. It's important to allow your baby to kick and stretch his or her feet. Also, make sure shoes and socks do not squeeze the toes.

Toddlers

Try not to force your toddler to walk before she is ready. Carefully watch her gait once she begins to walk. If your toddler's toe touches down instead of the heel, or she always sits while others play, contact our office. Many toddlers have a pigeon-toe gait, and this is normal. Most children outgrow the problem.

When foot care is needed

To help with flatfeet, special shoes or custom-made shoe inserts may be prescribed. To correct mild intoeing, your toddler may need to sit in a different position while playing or watching TV. If you child's feet turn in or out a lot, corrective shoes, splints, or night braces may be prescribed.

The foot's bone structure is well-formed by the time your child reaches age 7 or 8, but if a growth plate (the area where bone growth begins) is injured, the damaged plate may cause the bone to grow oddly. With a doctor's care, however, the risk of future bone problems is reduced.

Remember to check your child's shoe size often. Make sure there is space between the toes and the end of the shoe, Make sure their shoes are roomy enough to allow the toes to move freely. Don't let your child wear hand-me-downs.

Articles of Interest

CAUSE:

  • Growth plate inflammation on the back and the bottom of heel in children between 8 and 14.years of age
  • Seen in active children who often go barefoot
  • Poor foot posture such as low arch or extremely high arch feet causes overload of the heel
  • May occur during growth spurts

SYMPTOMS:

  • Pain to the heel bone at the end of an activity.
  • Occasionally painful to the Achilles tendon
  • Stiffness after sitting and getting up to walk
  • Limping after sitting and getting up to walk, particularly after completion of athletic or exercise activity


SIGNS:

  • No evidence of redness or swelling
  • Usually associated with tight lower extremity muscles
  • Tenderness to press the area of the growth plate (area is demonstrated on picture below)

TREATMENT:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Custom molded prescription orthotics (shoe inserts) to support poor foot posture(low arch or high arch feet)
  • Heel lifts in the early stages of treatment to help decrease the pull of the tight calf muscle and Achilles tendon
  • Stretching exercises to help stretch the tight calf muscles
  • Physical Therapy Modalities to help reduce the inflammation
  • Night splinting to prevent tightness or low grade spasm of the calf muscles while sleeping
  • In severe cases, cast immobilization to allow the area to rest completely



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