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Common Foot Injuries Among Active Children

Foot and ankle injuries have become increasingly prevalent in highly active children, posing significant challenges to their athletic pursuits. With a growing number of youngsters participating in organized sports, the incidence of both acute and overuse injuries has surged. These injuries often stem from the rigorous demands of training routines, with many young athletes engaging in multiple sports and activities throughout the week. Overuse injuries arise from the repetitive strain placed on the child’s musculoskeletal system without sufficient rest. This is especially true during periods of heightened training intensity like the beginning of a new season, tournaments, or sports camps. Biomechanical factors such as flat feet, limb length discrepancies, and improper footwear can further increase the risk of injury. Child athletes are particularly susceptible to injuries at tendon attachment sites, joint surfaces, and growth plates. Conditions like Sever’s disease and stress fractures are common. These conditions necessitate prompt diagnosis and tailored treatment plans from a foot doctor. If your active child experiences heel pain, foot swelling, or discomfort while wearing shoes, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. 

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of North Penn Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Lansdale, and King of Prussia, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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