They say youth is wasted on the young, and while that might not be correct, certainly there are many who envy the energy of middle and elementary school children. This is especially true when you watch them play, whether in organized sports or on their own. At the youngest levels, lack of skill in the game is made up for by sheer enthusiasm, and as players begin to mature they still have that same often-reckless spirit.
While this is fun, it has the potential to lead to foot and ankle injuries, as most children don’t know how to control their bodies or the finer points of avoiding injuries. Small injuries in children can if unchecked, continue to grow and manifest themselves throughout their life, hampering them as they get older. It is important to fix a problem while a child is still growing, rather than letting it settle.
At the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we pride ourselves on using decades of experience and the latest in diagnostic equipment to get to the bottom of foot injuries in children. We make sure that we have the exact diagnosis and the proper course of action for each individual child. Every issue is as different as the child who brings it in, and we strive to get that child back on the field of play as soon as possible.
Common foot injuries in children include:
- Sprained ankles
- Twisted ankles
- Bone bruises
- Pediatric flatfoot
- Ingrown toenails
- Hairline fractures
Some of these are injuries, and some are conditions. A child doesn’t often know what is normal and what isn’t, so be sure to listen to them and use your judgment. At the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we’re here to help your child live a happy and pain-free childhood. They might not always be running the right way, but the important thing is the running itself.
If you need care for your child’s foot injuries or condition, please come in and see the dedicated staff at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine.