It’s only natural that you want to see your child living and feeling their best. When something doesn’t seem quite right, or your child complains about foot pain after a fun day on the playground, you’re eager to get to the root of what’s wrong.
Why Children Need Foot Care
When it comes to your child’s health, you might not think of a podiatrist. Yet the feet are one of the most important things to keep a close eye on as your child grows.
- In the first year, your child’s feet grow, change shape, and expand rapidly. If he wears shoes that are too small or too tight, it could impact his development.
- As a toddler, your child begins taking his first steps. This is the time he learns how to run, play, and move freely. Sometimes, children learn how to walk by standing on their toes. This is common and easily treated if stopped early.
- Throughout his adolescence, your child plays on the playground, joins a sports team, and runs around freely. Sometimes, injuries happen. Without proper treatment, your child’s growing bones could be permanently damaged.
Watching your child as he grows is important to his overall health. By catching foot injuries early, you could improve your child’s future.
Common Foot Injuries in Children
With how much activity your child engages in, there is a variety of ways that injuries can happen. Some of the most common injuries in children include:
- Heel Pain
- Flat Feet
- Intoeing and Out-toeing
- Puncture Wounds
- Ingrown Toenails
Each of these foot conditions could signal a more serious injury. If your child has shown any signs or symptoms of these, it is important that you talk to a podiatrist.
Going to the Doctor Doesn’t Have to Be Scary
Diagnosing your child’s foot problem isn’t a difficult experience. Dr. Lockwood and Dr. Spencer strive to make your time as educational and as easy as possible. To determine what is hurting your child, Dr. Lockwood and Dr. Spencer will perform a physical exam. She might also request an X-ray if the symptom warrants.
Treating foot conditions is easy, too. In fact, correcting your child’s foot problem might be as easy as getting a new pair of custom shoes or changing his posture while sitting. If your child is prescribed custom orthotics at HFAA, please refer to our cost saving Pediatric Orthotic Outgrowth Policy.
Don’t Delay Treatment for Your Child
If you’re concerned that your child’s feet might not develop correctly, it’s time to see a podiatrist. Call 309.661.9975 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lockwood or Dr. Spencer and start your child on the path to healthy feet.
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