Sometimes changes in kids are obvious. Like the fact that little Tommy is not so little anymore; Sarah got her hair cut short; Billy got braces; and Maggie lost a front tooth. Other times, however, changes are more gradual, like with the formation of children’s bunions. That’s right, those bony bumps aren’t only found on grownup feet -- kids can get bunions, too -- and although you might not notice them at first, it’s important to act fast as soon as you spot the symptoms! You see, bunions are progressive and will only get worse over time, and since kids have all sorts of time to grow, well, you can imagine how big their bunions can get – not to mention the problems they can cause.
If your child’s big toe joint is red, sore, and starting to stick out while the big toe drifts in, these are all signs of a juvenile bunion – but how did this happen, and why? Well, bunions form due to an unlucky, inherited foot structure that makes feet prone to the problem. Add to that the fact that kids’ feet grow fast and tight shoes can place pressure on toes, squeezing them together, and encouraging that already vulnerable joint to be pushed out of alignment. Ta-da: a juvenile bunion is born! Don’t panic, though, just call us. We will help you manage the problem and keep your kid happy and active.
Children’s bunions can be treated with stretches, night splints to hold toes in proper position, padding to protect the toe from pressure, and an eagle eye kept on shoes so they never get too small! Rest from activities that cause pain, ice, and medication can all help minimize discomfort, too. Orthotics for kids can fit inside their shoes and help redirect pressure away from the joint, as well as correct that faulty foot structure that put them at risk for bunion formation in the first place! Rest assured that only in rare, severe cases would surgery ever need to be considered.
So, beware: the truth is, kids can get bunions, but with a good pair of shoes and a sharp pair of eyes, you can prevent children’s bunions, or at least catch them early to stop them from getting worse. If you need more information or help with children’s foot care, please don’t hesitate to contact us in Bloomington, IL by dialing (309) 661-9975. With our help, you can keep those little bumps at bay or at the very least, from getting big!