What to Do When Your Child’s Foot Pain is More Than Growing Pains

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Aug 24, 2016 12:46:00 PM

childs_feet_rolled_ankleAs a parent you want the best for your children. It’s difficult to see them in pain – especially when it’s foot pain keeping them from running at recess or playing on their favorite sports team. General foot pain is common in kids as they grow. They’re bound to stub their toe, twist their ankle, get blisters, outgrow their shoes, or get an ingrown toenail. But when it’s more than a boo-boo that can be treated with a bandage, and your child is genuinely in consistent pain, it’s time to take action.

Many foot problems that occur during childhood are minor and correct themselves either as the child gets older or with taping, splinting or arch supports in early childhood. Some of these problems include:

  • Bow legs
  • Knock Knees
  • In-toeing or pigeon toes
  • Out-toeing
  • Flat feet
  • Tiptoe walking

If these problems don’t correct themselves, or the foot pain can’t be managed with conventional treatments, you may be focusing on the wrong issue.

Misaligned Feet

Both children and adults can suffer from misaligned feet, which causes many of the foot problems mentioned above. Children won’t just grow out of it because the issue doesn’t correct itself on its own and can be very painful. Many people – nearly 40% of the population – don’t even know they have misaligned feet.

When feet are misaligned the talus – the bone between the ankle and the heel bone – slips off of the heel bone, causing an excessive inward rotation of the ankle and outward rotation of the foot. Not only can it cause foot pain, but also pain in the knees, hips, back and neck.

While there are conservative treatments to try, there is a permanent solution called HyProCure®, which is a small titanium stent that is placed in the naturally occurring space between the ankle bone and heel bone to stabilize the ankle and correct the excessive rotation.

A minimally invasive outpatient procedure like HyProCure® can be scary for a child, but the New York podiatrists at Adler Footcare do everything they can to make them feel comfortable. But don’t take it from us – hear what one mother has to say below:

Give Them Their Childhood Back

Dr. Adler’s patients experience significantly reduced recovery times, which is good news for a rambunctious child who is anxious to run and play again. In fact, after the procedure patients are able to leave the office in a walking boot and are back in closed toe shoes within days. This will probably be the most difficult part for your child because they’ll feel ready to jump and play, but the stent needs time to settle into place.

At Adler Footcare we believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment. That’s why we take the time to give you our full attention, answer your questions, and communicate with you through the process.

We’re designated as a Center of Excellence for HyProCure® implantation, by the Graham International Implant Institute, because of the safety, expertise and experience offered to patients.

If you notice that your child’s feet aren’t quite right, and they often complain of foot pain, you can give them their childhood back by finding out if they’re a candidate for HyProCure®.

Contact us below for a free assessment.

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Topics: foot pain, Pediatrics, Children