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!
National sibling day is coming up this month. On that note, I am thinking of foot issues, and how often they are hereditary. One can’t help but wonder, are we destined to have the same medical problems that our parents, siblings, or ancestors have? It seems like sometimes the answer is yes- if Mom had foot fungus, son or daughter is likely to get it, too. Or other times, we share the same afflictions our siblings have. However, sometimes it seems that only one sibling in a family may have bunions, or flat feet, or any other pain. Is there any rhyme or reason to it all?
Doctors say that typically when a person has a foot issue, it is something a person will have a predisposition to. Yet, poor footwear usually exacerbates it. In a U.S. study, they found that two common foot problems that were long suspected of being genetic, have been confirmed as conditions people can inherit. Both conditions, which are often painful, can cause problems with mobility. A bunion deformity in which the big toe angles toward the smaller toes, and high-arched feet that don’t flatten when bearing weight, both show a tendency to be inherited, researchers reported at the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Rheumatology in Atlanta.
Between 2002 & 2005, more than 2,000 people were studied that suffered from bunions. Researchers found the bunion deformity was hereditary in about 39 percent of women and 38 percent of men. They found that the high-arch disorder was inherited in 68 percent of women and 20 percent of men. The good thing about these findings is that effective interventions are available, and are most effective in the early stages. So, if you know that bunions run in your family, and you start getting one, you will know to head to the podiatrist right away.
It is always smart to head to the doctor if you are having any issues with your feet. If you ignore the problem, it can often get worse, and lead to further problems. Further problems usually mean MORE PAIN, and can make your life a lot more inconvenient. So, call Dr. Eric Abrams if you’re having foot issue. He has two central NJ locations to choose to visit at his offices of Foot & Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Don’t wait, make an appointment!