3 Things You Should Know About Your Child’s Feet


1. They shouldn’t hurt.

It’s just as true for children as it is for adults: feet shouldn’t hurt. If a child is complaining of foot pain and it lasts for more than a few days, the most prudent thing you can do is make an appointment to see one of the foot specialists at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Center, serving all of Monmouth County, New Jersey.

Children’s feet suffer from many of the same ailments as adults, with some of the most common being

·         ingrown toenails

·         flat feet

·         plantar warts

·         heel pain

·         sprains and fractures

A child may not always be forthcoming about her foot pain, and foot pain might not be foremost in your mind as the cause of things like limping, frequent tripping or falling, or a sudden decrease in activity. Be proactive, ask you child if her feet are giving her any problems, and take a close look at them yourself.

2. They can grow like crazy.

Just bought your kid a pair of shoes 6 weeks ago and he’s complaining that they hurt? It’s possible you got the wrong shoe size, but it’s also possible that he’s already grown out of them. Get in the habit of checking the fit of your child’s shoes every month or so. Aching feet, blisters, and ingrown toenails are some signs that they’re already due for a bigger size.

3. Avoiding this one thing will help prevent many foot problems.

If you ever needed another reason to help your child maintain a healthy weight, let it be this one: obesity is very hard on feet. In addition, obesity-related foot problems are likely to follow a child into adulthood. To give kids the best chance at healthy feet now and in the future, ensure that they’re eating healthy foods, getting enough exercise, and avoiding childhood obesity.

Our podiatrists are not just for grown-ups. Dr. Samantha Boyd, Dr. Hal Ornstein, Dr. Joseph Saka, and Dr. Katy Statler treat hundreds of infants and children every year at our offices in  Howell, and Jackson New Jersey. Give us a call for expert care of children’s feet at (732) 905-1110, or make an appointment online.