Many of the foot conditions that affect adults, such as flat feet, plantar warts, ingrown toenails and heel pain, affect children as well. A child’s active lifestyle and physical development can result in some of these conditions occurring more frequently, or taking on different characteristics. Some heel pain and flat feet are a result of normal muscle and bone growth changes in a child’s legs. Many children and adolescents develop warts and ingrown toenails from their increased activity on their feet. One of the possible causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. This is an inflamed section of the heel bone, where the plantar fascia – a think band of tissue – attaches.
Strong healthy feet in children can help to avoid many types of problems in the lower extremities later in life. For this reason, it is vital to periodically have your child’s feet screened and analyzed.
Pay close attention if your child complains of foot, ankle, or heel pain and especially if your child does not want to run or be active, it could be the result of pain. Children that take dance lessons such as modern dance, ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop often experience some type of pain or injury as do kids that participate in sports such as Baseball, Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis, Golf, Football, or Soccer.