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Foot Injuries in Child Athletes

Foot injuries among child athletes are a common occurrence, often stemming from the high level of physical activity and the rapid growth and development of their bodies. These injuries can vary in severity and type, but some are more prevalent than others. One common foot injury is a stress fracture, which occurs when repetitive stress on the bones leads to tiny cracks. Another frequent injury is ankle sprains, where the ligaments supporting the ankle are stretched or torn due to sudden twisting motions. Additionally, conditions like Sever's disease, characterized by inflammation of the growth plate in the heel, and plantar fasciitis, involving inflammation of the tissue connecting the heel bone to the toes, are not uncommon. Proper warm-up, stretching, and wearing appropriate footwear can help prevent these injuries. If your child has endured a foot injury, it is strongly suggested that prompt attention be sought from a podiatrist who can offer appropriate treatment solutions.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of Podiatry Inc.. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Beachwood, Mayfield Heights, Mentor, and Tallmadge, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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