Every parent knows that kids are resilient. They jump off bunk beds, fall from their bikes, and scrape and bruise their bodies playing soccer, basketball, and other sports. So it's not surprising that foot conditions go unnoticed, since the kids themselves may not notice a problem with their feet.
A good friend of mine has a teen that has extremely flat feet. No matter how many times I've recommended that they bring their teen to see me, my suggestions fall on deaf ears. They are a busy family, and between work, school and activities, they have put off treating a foot condition. They don't even believe one exists. I bet when their kid's performance in sports falls behind, or when he starts complaining of foot and leg pain, they'll make a beeline for my office.
Parents often assume their child will outgrow a foot problem. And while this is occasionally true, such as a toddler with in-toeing, many conditions are unlikely to spontaneously improve:
- Ankles turning in or out
- Arch flattening on the ground
- Foot cramps
- Change in physical activity level, or aversion from playing
- Heel pain
What can you do?
Be observant of your child's feet, and definitely don't ignore any pain. As a Seattle podiatrist, I've seen plenty of cases of kids with the conditions mentioned above, and many are easily treated with noninvasive techniques. If you suspect your kid has a foot problem, don't wait to contact us at the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City. We can be reached at 206-368-7000 or by requesting an appointment online.