It's probably no surprise that you've inherited your bunions from your mother. After all you've grown up watching her bunions get worse and then your feet started to follow suit. Now you may be watching your own daughter or son grow up with the same problem. Yes, foot problems run in families. And other musculoskeletal problems do too!

What you probably didn't know is that there is something you can do to prevent your kids from getting bunions and other painful foot problems in the first place.

It all starts by being observant. You're probably thrilled each time your child or grandchild learns a new word, masters a new skill, or takes their first steps. You're also on the look-out for anything that seems a bit out of step--literally. While it's common to look for signs of ill health and missed developmental marks, most parents aren't concerned about their kid's feet unless it's something obvious like pigeon-toes (in-toeing) or foot pain. And in those cases parents have been told kids will outgrow their foot problems.

While this is true in some cases, kids under five who display:

  • in-toeing
  • out-toeing
  • toe-walking
  • flat feet
  • balance problems
  • poor coordination
  • fatigue

are at greater risk for developing long term problems with their feet and overall health. These issues can also thwart your child's ability to play sports.

Older kids with foot problems will show up with knee or shin pain, poor posture, knocked knees, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, or ankle instability.

So what can you do to ensure your child or grandchild gets the best start in life from the top of their head to the tips of their toes?

We recently started a new program at our office called "Kids Feet First". This program offers free foot screenings clinics for kids under 12. We hold them bi-monthly on Saturdays to determine if your child can be helped by a range of new services we offer.

Our next screening clinic will be on Saturday morning, March 26th, 2016.

Call us today at 206-368-7000 for a screening time. You can also request it online.

Get our free foot book "No More Foot Pain", mailed directly to your home.

Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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