When one thinks of reasons to visit the podiatrist, usually older people or adults come to mind as the ones who would most need help with their feet. We think of elderly people, primarily affiliated with foot issues. Things like bunions, corns, hammertoes… these come to mind as burdens that that we think commonly just effect the elderly. Issues like athlete’s foot, fungal toenails, and most foot problems only happen to adults, right?
This is not always the case. Children have problems with their feet and legs, too. Usually, though, they aren’t too serious and either go away on their own or can be corrected by special shoe orthotic inserts. One common problem that kids have is flatfeet. This is a condition in which the feet don’t have a proper arch to them. Usually this means more of the person’s foot surface is in contact with ground- but this isn’t such a bad thing, as typically flatfeet don’t cause pain or problems but should be monitored throughout their growing years.
Another issue kids have is knock-knees. Knock knees is a condition where the legs curve in at the knees so much that they could cause the ankles problems. In most cases the body self-corrects around age 6, straightening naturally, and within a few years after, most kids can stand with their knees and ankles resuming the correct positioning. If this does occur beyond age 6, it would be a good idea to see Dr. Abrams.
Kids can also experience conditions such as Pigeon Toes or Bowlegs. Pigeon toes is a common foot condition in kids, in which they have inwardly turning toes. This also tends to correct itself naturally without any medical treatment. Good news, right?! Bowlegs refers to when someone stands with the feet and ankles together but the knees are widely apart. Many babies are born bowlegged because in utero their legs were folded tightly across their bellies. This condition works itself out, usually, when babies start to walk and their legs bear weight. More good news is that by age 3, most kids outgrow this condition too!
Other foot and ankle problems kids experience are: Athlete’s foot, blisters and foot and ankle sprains or breaks. Obviously with these conditions, you should see your podiatrist ASAP. Dr. Eric Abrams has two convenient locations in Central NJ for you to visit. Call Dr. Abrams with any foot or ankle issues you or your kids may be having!