Common Child Foot Issues

Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists is proud to offer comprehensive child foot care services to keep your kids’ feet safe and healthy. We are able to treat virtually any problem that affects a child’s foot or ankle, but we tend to see several child foot issues more frequently than others. The good news about these common issues is that they can generally be treated successfully with nonsurgical methods, and most can be prevented in the first place with some simple steps.

The most common issues in kids’ feet and ankles include:

  • Ingrown toenails – This condition happens when the edge of a toenail grows into the soft skin that is flanking it. Tight shoes, improper nail trimming practices, physical trauma, and inherited nail structure (particularly unusually curved nails) are all potential causes.
  • Sever’s disease – If your adolescent son or daughter is experiencing heel pain, especially following physical activity, it is rather likely that he or she has this Sever’s disease. This condition is not actually a disease, but rather the condition when a growth plate in the heel bone reaches physical maturity before the connective tissue. Fortunately, Sever’s will usually go away in time and not cause any long-term issues. Treatment is centered on alleviating symptoms.
  • Ankle sprains – Younger patients are often considerably more active than other demographics, and ankle sprains are quite common. It is important that your child receive the appropriate care and does not resume activities without proper healing. Failure to allow the ankle to fully heal can potentially lead to increased risk of future injury and ankle instability.

Whether your son or daughter is dealing with any of these common children’s foot issues or has developed a rare condition, our foot doctors and medical staff are ready to provide effective treatment. Additionally, we can provide tips and information on how to prevent problems from happening in the first place.

Your source for comprehensive foot care—for all members of your family—is Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists, so contact us and find out what we can do to help your feet. Call (512) 328-8900 or schedule an appointment with our Austin, TX office online. Don’t forget to connect with us on the various social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and/or Google+) so you can stay current in the latest health news and receive expert tips.

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
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Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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