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Beach, Virginia 23451
treat little feet
your son or daughter complain of pain in feet or heels? Does your child
avoid gym class or other activities because of the pain? It is unusual
for children to complain of foot pain, so if they do mention it, there
is most likely a problem behind it. Often, the problem is a case of
flat feet. If you or your spouse has flat feet, it is likely that your
child does too, as the condition is hereditary.
child may complain of pain on the inside or outside of the ankle or the
bottom of the foot. Older child may develop painful bunions (a bump on
the side of the big toe) or hammertoes (curling or crooked toes) as a
result of flat feet. If your child does have a painful flat foot, the
at Podiatry Associates of Virginia can assess the problem and
decided on a proper course of treatment.
flat feet will require simple orthotic inserts in your
child’s shoe to help realign foot. If that does not alleviate
the pain, surgical correction can be performed to prevent further
problems down the road. Due to the latest surgical techniques, the flat
foot correction can now be accomplished with a simple surgery that will
require minimal recovery time. Please keep in mind that Dr. Jeffrey
Feld and Staff are dedicated to to exploring a full course
of conservative treatment prior to performing any surgical procedure.
common foot problem in children is heel pain. This usually occurs in
active children between ages 8 and 12 who spend a lot of time running
around, playing sports or dancing. These children often will complain
of pain in the back of the heel that worsens during or immediately
after physical activity. The technical tern for this condition is
Calcaneal Apophysitis or Seaver’s disease, but it is often
referred to as “growing pains.”
the back of the heel bone, where the Achilles’ tendon
attaches to the bone, there is a growth plate that enables the bone to
continue to grow as the child ages. For some children in this age
group, the bone grows faster than the muscles and the tendons of the
leg. This causes the Achilles’ tendon to become to tight and
to pull on the back of the heel bone. Fortunately, the treatment for
this condition is always conservative and does not require surgery.
Stretching, icing, anti-inflammatory medicines, heel lifts and a
temporary decrease in activity usually relieves the pain. The good news
is that the growth plate closes over time, so the pain does not reoccur
and no long-term problems result from this condition.