Undiagnosed issues can lead to long-term issues such as weak muscles, arthritis, deformity, severe pain, and mental anxiety. Early detection of many foot issues in children is key to the prevention of further damage or long-term suffering. Below are some of the more common issues children can have with their feet.
- Flat Feet: Flat feet is typically a hereditary issue passed down from one of the parents. If you notice your child walking with a funny gait or they constantly complain their feet are sore, it may be flat foot issues. A doctor may be able to help by suggesting foot strengthening exercises or custom-made orthotics to help correct the problem. Early treatment and preventative measures are essential in avoiding the need for future foot or ankle surgery.
- Misaligned Feet: When your child has misaligned feet, the small bone between their ankle and heel bones will slide off the heel. This problem can lead to a number of serious problems and pain that can be long-term. First attempts at treatment might include strengthening exercises and stretching. If this does not help, your child’s doctor might suggest a minimally invasive procedure to fix the issue.