As parents, you probably want to find out where your children’s talents lie. One of those talents might be related to activities such as dancing, ball sports, or even martial arts. Even if they do not become the next Fred Astaire, Lebron James, or Ronda Rousey, keeping children involved in sports is a great way to keep them active and healthy. However, there is of course, a possibility of injury when it comes to any sport.
Not all injuries are severe or very serious, but it’s important to be aware of what could happen. This way, you can be prepared to help them find the best treatment.
● Superficial (skin) injuries – These include blisters, corns, calluses, and bruises. Unless they are severe, and causing a lot of pain, these can be treated at home.
● Toe and toenail injuries – A stubbed toe can be a simple moment of pain, but children can also find themselves with a broken or black toenail if they are not careful. Toenails may fall off and grow back on their own, but if there is excessive swelling on the toes, our podiatrists can help you make sure toenails do not become ingrown.
● Overuse injuries – Repetitive use of joints and soft tissues in the feet and ankles can make you suffer from overuse injuries such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and stress fractures. Children should rest (even if they don’t want to) and make sure that injuries are healed before resuming activities.
● Blunt force trauma and Sever’s Disease – Collisions happen a lot when children are running around. Especially in sports like soccer, your child might go to kick the ball and instead hit a goal post or another child’s shins. Depending on the severity of the accident, your child can end up with a bruise, or even a broken bone. When an injury occurs at the growth plate in the back of the heel bone, it can cause extreme pain and inflammation called Sever’s Disease. It can affect proper bone development if not treated promptly.
● Twists, sprains, or torn ligaments and tendons – Running around on uneven surfaces, or even landing strangely after a jump can lead to a twisted or sprained ankle. Depending on the severity of the injury, a ligament can become completely torn, requiring weeks, or even month of recovery. Surgery might also be required to correct a sprain.
Because children are still growing, it’s important to treat injuries promptly. Most problems are more easily treatable when they first occur. Waiting to treat a problem can lead to secondary problems or more difficult treatment methods.
If your child has suffered a sports injury, come in for an assessment to make sure that the injury isn’t more severe than you think. Make an appointment with us at The Podiatry Group to find the best treatment for your children’s foot and ankle problems. Dr. Mark E. Reiner and his team of podiatrists can help you at our Jonesboro, AR office.