If your child had foot pain, would they tell you about it? In our experience as podiatrists here at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland, the answer to that question is an emphatic “maybe.” A child may be too young to express what’s wrong. She may notice something’s not quite right but keep forgetting to say anything about it. He may be too embarrassed to show anyone the bumps on his toes.
Parents, it may be up to you to take your children’s foot health into your own hands. Our expert adult and pediatric podiatrists Dr. Megan L. Oltmann and Dr. Craig B. Frey recommend that you begin by looking out for problems in three main areas: pain, spots, and changes.
Any sort of pain that lingers is not normal. For example, children are not immune to the ravages of heel pain, especially if they’re active in sports. Young children have a growth plate in their heel. Damage to that growth plate, as with Sever’s disease, can make walking quite painful. Children may also suffer from arch pain, which may indicate a problem with flat feet. It’s possible to have a tiny bone fracture even if your child is able to walk.
Spots and sores can crop up anywhere on the feet. Scaly spots on the toes could be athlete’s foot. Red spots on the soles are a symptom of the viral infection called hand, foot and mouth disease. Raised, fleshy bumps that won’t go away are probably warts that we can help get rid of for good here in our office.
Observe your child’s feet, ankles, and gait. Note any redness, blisters, oozing, nail discoloration, swelling, sudden pain, awkward gait, abnormal wear patterns in their shoes, or changes in their skin. Call us if a mole changes color or grows in size or shape.
Treatment for foot pain in children might be as simple as buying a larger pair of shoes two months in a row (yes, feet can grow that fast!) or as complicated as surgery. Dr. Frey and Dr. Oltmann can help you with both of these situations and everything in between. We welcome residents of Cuyahoga, Geauga, Portage, and Summit Counties to our podiatry practice in Solon, Ohio. Call us at (440) 903-1041 or make an appointment online.