Children Foot Problems in Houston
Foot Doctor for the Entire Family
Here at Houston Foot Specialists, we take great pride in providing effective
foot and ankle care for patients of all ages in our community. This is
especially true when it comes to the care and treatment we provide for
your children. There are several common children’s foot problems
we see on a frequent basis, but you will likely be relieved to know that
they are often successfully resolved without the need for surgical intervention.
Common Children’s Foot Problems
Our Houston podiatrist office will provide first-class care for any lower
limb issue affecting your child, but some do tend to be more common than
others. These include:
- Gait Abnormalities – When a child first starts walking, parents may
be concerned when they notice either in- or out-toeing. Intoeing tends
to be more common and can be caused by either unusually-curved feet (metatarsus
adductus), a twisted lower leg bone (tibial torsion), or a twisted upper
leg bone (femoral anteversion). The good news is that these will often
resolve themselves in time—and without long-term issues—but
it is still a good idea to have us take a look and make sure there is
not a bigger problem.
- Heel Pain – This is a problem many individuals face, but when it
comes to children and adolescents, the most common source is a condition
called Sever’s disease. Now, there’s no need to worry –
this isn’t actually a disease. Instead, Sever’s is a condition
that develops when the heel bone reaches physical maturity faster than
the Achilles tendon does. This causes a pulling on the back of the heel
bone, which is especially painful for your growing child either during
or immediately following physical activity. Treatment is centered on managing
the pain, as the condition goes away once the Achilles tendon finishes
its growth process.
- Ingrown Toenails – Children can be particularly susceptible to ingrown
toenails on account of their growing feet. Because their feet grow so
rapidly, shoes can become tight pretty quickly. When shoes are tight,
toes are crowded in the front, which presents the opportunity and likelihood
that nails will start to grow into the soft flesh flanking them. Another
source of ingrown nails, though, stems from trimming practices. If you
clip your child’s nails too short, or rounded, it increases the
risk of them becoming ingrown.
- Plantar Warts – For various reasons, kids have an increased risk
of developing plantar warts. These warts grow on the bottom of feet, are
transmitted by the common human papillomavirus (HPV), and are contagious.
Now, they are generally harmless and will go away in time, but warts are
embarrassing, can cause discomfort when on the sole of the foot, and may
take up to a couple of years to disappear. We provide safe, easy wart
removal services for you and your family.
Sports Injuries – Children tend to be, and should be, quite active.
This is great for physical development and conditioning, but there is
always a certain degree of injury risk. With regards to sports injuries,
these can include
ankle sprains, turf toe, and broken bones. Fortunately, our treatment plans for injuries
like these typically consist of conservative methods and we are able to
avoid the need for surgery.
Juvenile Bunions – Bunions are commonly associated with women’s footwear, but
the truth of the matter is that they are often the result of an inherited
foot condition. This means that children can develop bunions, just like
adults. It is important to start treating a juvenile bunion at the earliest
opportunity, since an untreated bunion will progressively worsen. Surgery
is the only way to completely correct a bunion, but we do not perform
bunion surgery until the patient is older and bones are no longer growing.
Complete Children’s Foot Care
There are measures you can take to aid in your child’s foot care.
Make sure your child has activity-
appropriate footwear that fits correctly. Get your son or daughter in the habit of a regular stretching program
for his or her lower limbs. Always clip your child’s toenails straight
across and keep them roughly even with the edge of the toes.
For more information on children’s foot care, or to request an appointment
for your son or daughter, simply give Houston Foot Specialists a call
at (713) 467-8886. You can also use our
online request form to schedule an appointment with our Houston, TX podiatrist office right now.