When Little Feet Hurt

25646873 Close Up Barefoot Girl Standing On Wooden Floor From AboveIt’s easy to forget, but children can have foot pain, too. In fact, undiagnosed pain can have lasting consequences on the future health and development of their feet. We’re in the business of keeping you walking, and that includes your children. Here are a few questions to consider as your child moves from one shoe size to the next. Dr. Brandon A. Macy and his…

Solving Sever’s Disease

99780730 Orthopedic Insoles And Little Boy Legs On White BackgroundIf your child’s heel hurts, they may be suffering from something called Sever’s Disease. Severs Disease, or Calcaneal apophysitis, is a condition that includes the painful swelling of their foot’s growth plate. Sever’s Disease is something more apt to be found in children. The pain will most likely emanate from the soft cartilage that lays next to the heel bone where much of the child’s…

Treating Heel Pain in Children

child flat footIt probably won’t be a surprise to you that much of a child’s foot health is inherited. High or no arches, tendencies to walk bow legged or the development of calluses are just some of what a child can expect if their parents suffered from the same. One common malady, however, is something called Severs Disease. Also known as Calcaneal apophysitis, Severs Disease is the…

Children’s Toenail Problems

33236630 Little Girl Reaching UpEver since the day you brought them home from the hospital, you’ve probably thought that every part of your child is precious – from the strands of hair at the top of his/her head to the tickly bottoms of his/her feet. One of the most dreaded acts you had to perform was probably cutting the fingernails and toenails without accidentally drawing blood! Today, we’ll talk…

Just Growing Pains or Actual Foot Problems?

86163282 Foot Injury First Aid, The Woman Checks The Baby's FootAs your child continues to grow taller and stronger, they may experience what we commonly call “growing pains”. But did you know that there is no evidence that growth causes pain? So what’s going on when your child complains of aches and pains in the legs and is sometimes even woken up by it? Well, it’s most likely the body’s way of telling your child…

Why Do Your Child’s Toes Point Inward When They Walk?

Fhm IntoeMany parents notice that their child’s toes point in when they walk—also known as an “intoe gait”.  At times it is also referred to as being “pigeon toed”. It can look awkward and sometimes a child can not only look clumsy, they may indeed trip and fall more than is usual. There are several reasons toes point inward and sometimes more than one can be…

Using Orthotics for Children’s Feet

40044901 Childrens Bare Feet. Childs Bare Feet On The Wooden FloorAs children’s bodies continue to grow, they may also develop issues that cause them pain. However, keep in mind that growing pains are not normal when it comes to feet. Any foot or ankle issues that they may experience indicate a foot problem that must be addressed to prevent further complications. For the most part, children may grow out of certain conditions such as bow…

Foot Health Minute: Why Does Your Child Have Heel Pain?

Fhm Severs HeaderOne of the more common reasons a parent will bring in their 9-13 year old child has to do with complaints of heel pain.  Most of these children are active sports participants–soccer, football, cross-country, but certainly other physical activities like dance and gymnastics. While there may be other causes, most often they suffer from a condition known as Sever’s Disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis.…

Diagnosing the Problem: Heel Pain in Children

Heel pain in a child may be linked to a growth spurt. In other words: Growing pains may be real! A child with heel pain or difficulty walking may have Severs Disease/Calcaneal Apophysitis. In this condition, the heel bone grows faster than the surrounding tendons and muscles during a growth spurt, and they are overstretched. In addition, there are biomechanical factors which can trigger the…

Treating Flat Feet in Children

Every parent’s greatest joy is watching their child grow and make progress from crawling, to standing with support, to finally taking those first few steps. As they grow and begin to master their walking and motor skills, this is a key time to carefully observe your children’s feet and their growth. It is widely known that most infants are born with flat feet. Studies state…