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By Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
September 16, 2014
Tags: heel pain   ingrown toenails   warts   soccer  

Summer has come and gone and with it the start of the school year and fall sports season.  Soccer, football, dance classes, gymnastics classes are all in full swing.  For some of the kids, however, it also means the onset of foot problems.  Heel pain, blisters, warts, damaged and ingrown toenails, fractures, sprains & strains have also become a part of the back-to-school routine.

Sever's Disease/Calcaneal Apophysitis  is a common cause of heel pain in the 10-14 year old age group.  It is an injury to the growth plate of the heel and can result in significant pain.  It is usually caused by the combination of activity and abnormal foot function.  Fortunately, if caught early enough, it can be treated fairly quickly and easily with little or no time lost from activities.

Plantar warts are the result of a virus that finds its way into the skin.  The environments inside athletic shoes and floors of locker rooms are breeding grounds, but aren’t the only way to get warts.  Warts are very stubborn and difficult to eradicate but if left untreated, they can grow and/or spread, often becoming quite painful.

 Foot injuries are also common in the world of sports and are an “occupational hazard”.  If your child does suffer an unfortunate foot or ankle injury, we’re available in the office for prompt examination and treatment.  We have a digital x-ray unit in the office, so the examination can be complete and results are obtained within a matter of seconds.  No waiting for hours in an impersonal emergency room.

Toenail injuries are common, ranging from blisters to “black toenail syndrome”, which is essentially a dried blood blister under the nail plate.  These can be related to the activities themselves, but also to ill-fitting shoes.  Similarly, the shoes and activities can contribute to ingrown toenails.  Ingrown Nails can cause a great deal of pain and get infected rather easily.  Prompt attention to these can get your star athlete back on the field right away!

Don’t forget to monitor your child’s shoe size, as with the sudden growth spurts, shoes which fit well in August can sometimes be way too small in October.

If your child has one of these problems or another foot/ankle issue, please call us at 732-382-3470 to schedule an appointment.  For more information or to request an appointment online, visit our website at www.clarkpodiatry.com.

 Let’s keep those kids playing and pain-free!

#ClarkPodiatry  #FootpaininChildren #sportsinjuries

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