Your Kids Foot Pain Maybe Worst Than You Think
Kids may not be strong physically but for some reasons their tiny little bodies spurt out so much energy within a day. They can be bouncing around the couch for now and running in the backyard just a second later, they can literally be all over the place. As they grow older, their physical activities will move to even challenging levels and parents should prepare.
With all the thing they do and experiment on, your children are very likely to hurt themselves physically. They may complain about bumping their head, scraping their knees, hurting their arms and a lot more. Just like any other parts of their bodies, their foot pain is something we should not ignore. They may complain about them hurting or feeling discomfort and it may be just because of a simple sprain or it can also be a lot more serious that we think. We should always remember that when it comes to foot-related problems, early intervention is the key to proper treatment.
Flat feet is the most common foot problem our kids may face. It is when the arch of their foot becomes flattened from walking or standing. Normally, flat feet should disappear by age six as their feet becomes less flexible and their arches develop. About 1 or 2 out of every 10 children will continue to have flat feet into adulthood(1) so it’s best to have it checked right away. If your child complains about having heel pain, this may be because of a simple fall or it may be caused by Plantar Fasciitis too. This is an inflammation of the band of tissue called the plantar fascia that runs from their foot to their toes. Plantar Fasciitis may be something that can affect their daily activities so its best to have it treated immediately.
Kids may also develop Achilles tendinitis, Calcaneal apophysitis commonly known as Sever’s disease, Bunions and more.
Sometimes, the simple RICE strategy—Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation—resolves pain (2), but when healing is not happening after doing first aids and so, it is time for clinical evaluation. The good news is that, kids are good and fast healers, and treatment may be simple if it is done quickly and effectively. No child should suffer from any serious foot pain if symptoms and treatments were not overlooked.