Not only do their feet grow quickly, but they are still developing internally—bones, for example, remain much softer and flexible than adult bone well into the teen years.
That said, many future foot ailments, injuries, and even deformities emerge in childhood, and it is during these years that they are best addressed. Careful attention and treatment for childhood foot problems can help protect better health and mobility for a lifetime.
Sometimes, an inherited deformity or misalignment is apparent early in infancy, or after your child begins walking. Common examples include:
Kids’ immune systems are generally underdeveloped in comparison with adults, making them more susceptible to certain common infections. Hormonal changes and, in some cases, lack of attention to personal hygiene can contribute as well. Examples include:
Older kids who start to engage in more active play or sports activity are at relatively high risk of sports injuries. We see a lot of junior soccer, football, and basketball players. Runners and dancers, too. Common foot and ankle injuries include:
From congenital deformities to sports injuries to stinky feet, we love caring for all types of pediatric foot and ankle conditions. If your child is demonstrating any signs of pain, discomfort, or unusual gait patterns involving their feet or ankles, please bring them in to see Dr. Cory Pilling and the team at Canyon Foot & Ankle.
We proudly take a family-first approach to patient care, with a focus on providing the as personalized care and individual attention your child needs. We are trained in Ponseti clubfoot casting, and strive to provide effective conservative options (such as bracing and prefabricated orthotics) for gait problems whenever possible.
We’re also happy to advise you on prevention and home care strategies that can help your children maintain healthy feet, from stretching exercises to footwear advice.
In the end, what we’re really about is making sure your children’s feet are happy, healthy, and in great shape for a lifetime of use!
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