As you might have learned as a parent, children are not always the most forthcoming with information—especially when cookies go missing. When it comes to foot and ankle trouble in children, many are willing to talk about their pains and discomforts. Others, however, might be afraid that doing so might cause worse things to happen to them or keep them from doing the things they love. These are the cases when a watchful parental eye can be helpful.
Timing is something to consider when trying to gauge pain. Just because a child might seem in pain at one time of the day and not during another doesn’t mean there is not a real problem or that he or she is “faking it.” Just as in adults, pain can grow more or less intense during certain parts of the day or after certain activities.
Times when foot and ankle pain are more likely to strike include just after waking up or following a nap (e.g. plantar fasciitis, juvenile arthritis) and during or after engaging in physical activity (e.g. Sever’s disease, stress fractures). In many cases, the pain tends to recede as the foot is able to stretch some or rest.
Your child’s reluctance to engage in activities he or she has always enjoyed might not always be a “phase,” either. Sometimes children are hesitant of the pain that these activities are causing and trying to avoid them in hopes that it will go away. Of course, many adults do this too but you can’t make them see a podiatrist.
Communication and an understanding approach are always best when determining foot and ankle trouble in children. If you suspect your child might be in pain, call Family Foot Care & Surgery. Dr. Sanjay Patel and our staff can help you determine whether a problem is at play. Schedule an appointment by calling our Hamden office at (203) 288-4055 or our Milford office at (203) 876-7736.