Children’s Foot Problems: Signs and Symptoms to Watch

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Some kids like to complain about every single bump or bruise, while other children don’t tell you at all. It’s hard to be sure about how to handle children’s health problems, but one thing is for sure – if they complain about foot pain, it’s important you get it checked out. That’s because “growing pains” in the feet are not normal for children. Instead, they could indicate much more serious issues, like Sever’s disease or growth plate injuries. In some cases, these types of injuries can require special care, and even surgery to prevent worse problems later.

So what are some signs and symptoms to look for, especially if your child doesn’t always express his or her painful symptoms?

●       Complaining of foot pain / limping – These ones seem obvious, but again, we remind you not to ignore foot pain as a “growing pain.” While there are some conditions that children may naturally grow out of, some need attention from our podiatrist to make sure your child is not constantly in pain. If a child is limping after some physical activity, check for bruising, swelling, redness, and tenderness. A collision or trauma injury can cause a fracture in the growing bones.

●       Wants to be picked up more than usual / does not participate in physical activities as often – When children seem to “not be themselves,” there’s usually a reason such as not getting along with other children or some other problem. When it has to do with them not seeming to want to be on their feet as much, it could point to a problem of pain on their feet. Toddlers and young children may ask to be picked up more often, while older children may not want to go to soccer practice.

●       Does not want to wear shoes – This is a sign, especially for babies or toddlers that cannot fully express the problems. They may have bunions or other foot problems that causes them pain when they have shoes on, or during the process of getting the shoes on.

●       Falling or tripping / unable to keep up with other children as they walk and play – This could be a sign of in-toeing or out-toeing, where the feet point inward or outward, instead of straight out. It can cause problems with coordination, particularly for younger children. 

Sometimes, all a child needs to find relief in their feet or ankles is to get a custom foot orthotic. If you think your child might be showing signs or symptoms of foot problems, make an appointment with our podiatrists at The Podiatry Group. Our foot doctors can perform a thorough assessment at our Jonesboro, AR office.