The “tween” years can be challenging ones for kids. It’s typically a time of rapid growth and the age puberty begins, while at the same time children develop a greater desire for independence. It can be a difficult enough time for both tweens and their parents without foot pain thrown into the mix. If your ten-to-twelve-year-old child is complaining of foot pain, however, that is something you should take seriously. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to treat and take care of tween foot pain.
Just before and into the early teen years, a child’s feet can go through rapid growth as the bones hit their final sizes and the growth plates seal. For many children, this isn’t an issue at all, as long as they are able to wear shoes that are big enough. That rapid growth can contribute to other issues, however, like Sever’s disease.
This is especially common in active, athletic kids, and it can make your tween not want to participate in what might otherwise be their favorite games and sports. At the same time, activity may be hard on children with abnormally low, flat arches as well. Without enough support, your child may be prone to biomechanical issues that cause other types of pain later.
So what can you do for your tween?
The best treatment will depend on your unique child’s feet, but several things may help. Change your child’s shoes to provide better support and cushioning for both the heel and the arch. Custom orthotics may be helpful if biomechanical issues are involved. Help your tween stretch their lower limbs every day to loosen up tightened tissues. Your child’s foot might need rest and time away from activities to heal, too.
Ultimately, the best thing you can do when your tween complains of foot pain is to have their lower limbs examined so they can get the most effective treatments for their specific issues. When your child complains of adolescent foot pain, take it seriously. It can mean the difference between relieving pain and letting a problem get worse. Our team at Family Foot Care & Surgery, LLC is here for every member of your family at every age. Contact us for more information or a consultation for your tween today—just call (203) 876-7736 for our Milford, CT, office or (203) 288-4055 for our Hamden, CT, location.