We are proud to offer a wide array of foot and ankle services for fellow
members of our greater Houston, TX community. One of our favorites is
being able to provide effective treatment for child foot injuries. It
is highly-rewarding to relieve our young patients’ pain and enable
them to return to favorite activities!
There are many different foot and ankle conditions children sustain, but
some do tend to be a bit more common than others. These include issues like:
This is a particularly common injury for children who participate in sports,
but one that can be treated effectively with conservative care. Rest,
compression, and over-the-counter medication are all useful treatment
options. Taking time off from intense physical activities is important,
but we may recommend exercises to strengthen the injured ankle.
The nature of the fracture will determine the course of treatment. Stress
fractures (caused by overuse) respond well to nonsurgical care and may
simply require time to heal. Fractures where the broken ends line up need
stabilization. Compound and comminuted fractures likely need surgery.
Shin splints. If your child runs often, he or she may experience sharp pain in the shin
area. This can be relieved with ice and over-the-counter pain medication.
Rest is also important, but switching to low-impact activities is better
than stopping all physical activity.
Sever’s disease. Treatment for Sever’s disease—the most common cause of child
heel pain—is centered on relieving symptoms. The condition itself
is essentially a “growing pain” that goes away in time (without
any long-term issues). Medication, icing regimens, and rest can all help.
Of course, the best treatment for child foot injuries is to prevent them
in the first place. To that end, the following measures can help:
Provide the correct footwear.
Shoes need to be activity-appropriate and fit correctly to keep feet and
ankles safe and protected.
Encourage warming up and stretching prior to activity. A light jog and some dynamic stretches should be done prior to sporting
Prepare the right meals. Proper eating habits not only strengthen muscles and other essential body
tissues, but they can also keep your child at a healthy bodyweight.
It is difficult to completely erase the possibility of injury, so if it
strikes your child, contact our medical experts here at Houston Foot Specialists
and we will provide the effective treatment your son or daughter needs.
Either call our Houston, TX podiatrist office at (713) 467-8886 or
request an appointment with us online today.