Every child responds to pain and health issues differently. Some overreact to the smallest thing, sensitive to even the tiniest injury, while others don’t even mention it when they are uncomfortable or feeling poorly. Knowing when to take your children to see a doctor, including a podiatrist, can be challenging. However, this is important for helping them grow up healthy and without foot pain.
Children’s feet do a lot of developing from infancy to the teen years, when the growth plates in the bones harden. During this time children learn to walk, develop arches, and improve their general foot strength.
Keeping children’s feet healthy during this vulnerable growing time is important. Children don’t always complain about foot pain when they have it, so being observant and knowing what to look
for can help you make sure your child gets podiatric care when he or she needs it:
- Your child is limping – Limping is a pretty good sign that something is not right. Children limp or favor a foot that is painful or difficult to use.
- Your child is toe walking – This isn’t automatically a problem, but it can be a sign that your baby’s Achilles tendons are too short.
- Your child has ingrown or infected nails – Inspect your child’s nails. If they appear discolored, or too curved and the skin around the edges is red and swollen, they should be checked.
- Your child doesn’t want to run or play – Active children who normally run around but suddenly don’t want to may have heel pain or other issues that are triggered by activity.
- Your child complains of pain – When your child actively complains about foot pain, take note! Make sure their shoes fit properly, then have their feet examined.
You know your child best: if you’re concerned something might not be right in how your child walks, stands, or uses their feet, it’s time to take your child to the foot doctor.
Our team at Family Foot Care & Surgery, LLC are here to help take care of your child’s feet through every stage of life. If you’re concerned about your child’s feet, contact our Milford or Hamden, CT, offices for an appointment to take care of the problem today. You can use our website or call to reach us: (203) 876-7736 for Milford, or (203) 288-4055 for Hamden.