Recognizing Foot Problems in Your Children

Mar 07, 2023
Recognizing Foot Problems in Your Children
Sprained or twisted ankles are immediately noticeable, but a more subtle problem can go unnoticed for days, weeks, or even months. Here are signs your child may have a foot problem.

While some injuries are easy to spot, others are not as easily recognized, including foot problems. Sprained or twisted ankles are immediately noticeable, but a more subtle problem can go unnoticed for days, weeks, or even months. 

At Renew Foot & Ankle, LLC in Bigfork and Grand Rapids, Minnesota, double board-certified podiatrist Eric Gilbertson, DPM, FACFAS can help your child with foot problems they may have. 

Here are some important tips for recognizing foot problems in your children. 

More sedentary than normal

If your child has become more sedentary than usual, that could indicate a foot problem. While it could be something else, it is important to check in with your child and see if the reason is foot related or not. 

Alongside becoming more sedentary, if your child is avoiding activities they used to do that require running or a lot of movement, this could also be a sign of a problem. 

If they are an athlete, this could be because of a repetitive stress injury that is causing them heel pain, which is common among children 8-14. 

Complaining of pain

One of the easiest ways to recognize foot problems in your children is if they tell you they have foot pain. It could be because you just went on a walk and their feet are tired, but if they are complaining of pain over several days, it is important to schedule an appointment with Renew Foot & Ankle.

Dr. Gilbertson and the team can tell you if there is a severe issue, and it is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to foot health. 

Constant clumsiness and falling

If your child is constantly tripping and falling and clumsy, that could be a sign of a serious foot problem. It is important to have excessive clumsiness checked out, whether it is because of in-toeing, a neuromuscular condition, or a balance issue. 

Often a doctor can easily correct this, but depending on the exact problem, it could require more intensive care. 

Hiding their feet

Even if a child suffers from foot pain or problems, they may choose to hide their feet and the issues rather than tell their parents. Dr. Gilberston recommends that you inspect your child’s feet when they are young and ensure they know to come to you if they have any problems. 

You should look for any changes in the feet, including calluses, redness or swelling, growths, or discoloration around the toenails. 

We know how important foot health is at Renew Foot & Ankle, LLC, in Bigfork and Grand Rapids, Minnesota. If your child is ever suffering from foot problems, call us or schedule a consultation online with Dr. Gilbertson.