Kids Foot Problems

Children and teenagers can suffer from foot problems leading to pain and discomfort in their feet, legs, and back, including fatigue, growing pains, and foot deformities like flat feet or high arches. These issues are treatable and should not limit a child's mobility or choice of footwear. Parents should be vigilant and seek treatment if they suspect their child is experiencing foot problems, as ignoring them can impact their walking and footwear options.

Addressing Foot Problems in Children and Teens

Children — or even teenagers — with problem feet can experience pain and discomfort in their feet, legs, and back. Foot and leg fatigue, growing pains, and foot deformities such as flat feet or high arches are common conditions that may require your attention. But these should not be your children’s fate because of a treatable foot condition. Every parent wants the best for her kids. If you think your child or teenager is suffering from a foot problem, you’re probably right. Hundreds of kids across Texas suffer needlessly with various foot and leg problems that can not only affect the way they walk but also the types of shoes they can wear.

Common Foot Problems in Kids and Teens

  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Plantar Warts
  • Bunionettes (or Tailor’s Bunions)
  • Skin Rashes especially Athlete’s foot
  • Specially Appearing foot and leg Fatigue
  • Growing Pains
  • Not Wearing Shoes Because of Their Feet Problems
  • Flat, Turned Feet and walking Pigeon-toed
  • Foot Blisters
  • Pain in Their Feet, Legs, Or Back
  • Calf Pain
  • Flat Feet
  • High Arched feet
  • Clubfoot or Tarsal Coalition

Pediatric Foot Care at Doveston Health

There are many foot problems that may affect children as they grow, from flat feet and growing pains to gait abnormalities. At Doveston Health, our podiatrists understand the importance of approaching each pediatric foot condition differently and take the time to make sure your child or teen understands what is happening and why their feet hurt. We are committed to giving them a comfortable experience and helping them to get better as quickly as possible.

Accurate Diagnosis and Tailored Treatment

First, we accurately diagnose the condition by performing special tests during a complete examination of your child’s feet, posture, and walking pattern. Some of the more common conditions that should be checked for early in childhood include: heel pain (Ankle Sprain-Sever’s Disease), in-toeing, toe walking, and excessive shoe wear. Treatment is then tailored to meet the needs of your child and may include exercises, custom orthotics (shoe inserts) to improve foot position, or changes in shoe gear.

Importance of Preventative Foot Care

We cannot stress enough the importance of preventative foot care. Encouraging parents and children to maintain good foot health and to spot problems before they arise is all part of our job as professionals. By taking this proactive approach, we can help to ensure your child’s development remains on-target and involve parents in safeguarding their child from unnecessary pain and being held back physically.

Supportive and Non-Judgmental Care

The staff of Doveston Health is all about fostering a supportive, non-judgmental practice where kids can get the best possible care to achieve long-term foot health.