There are many conditions and injuries that can impact the feet of children and younger patients. Here’s a look at some of the most common pediatric foot conditions we see on a regular basis at our clinic.
Ingrown toenails are another common problem among children and teens. Oftentimes an ingrown toenail develops as a result of abnormal pressure on the toe box, which can happen if children wear shoes that are too tight. Every parent knows how fast a child’s foot can grow, so regularly check their toe box to ensure their toes are not cramped on their shoe.
A plantar wart is a lesion on the skin that is caused by the presence of a virus. They tend to occur on the feet because repetitive trauma can create an entry point for the virus that causes the wart. If they are causing pain or discomfort, a foot specialist can freeze off or excise the wart.
Finally, flat foot disorder is another common condition that is present in young children. In fact, roughly 50 percent of three-year-olds have flat feet, but about half of those cases correct themselves by age six. However flat feet beyond this point can be stiff and even painful. Simple movement exercises and ensuring children are in supportive shoes are helpful ways to create flexibility in the foot and stave off foot problems that can arise due to flat feet.