FAQ: Children's Feet
Why do my child’s feet hurt?
Sever’s Disease is the most common reason for children’s heel pain. It usually occurs in boys and girls who are physically active in sports where running or jumping is involved. It typically goes away by the end middle of the teenage years, because the feet stop growing.
The key to treating Sever’s Disease is to stop the activity that causes the pain. This means switching from a high-impact sport like basketball to a low-impact sport like swimming. Other treatment options could include foot exercises that will strengthen the muscles, ice packs (applied in a towel and never directly to the skin), or the use of a compression stocking.
If you’d like more information on why your child has pain in their heels, call Dr. Rahn Ravenell at (843) 856-5337 or book an appointment online. At Coastal Podiatry LLC, we know that your family is the most important thing in the world to you, and we want the ones you love to have healthy feet.
How do I know if my child has clubfoot?
Clubfoot symptoms are pretty hard to miss. Doctors check for it in the delivery room, because it needs to be treated early so your little one will be able to run and play normally. If your baby has this condition, the foot will be twisted toward the inside, with the bottom facing the other foot. The toes may be curled and the heel turned inward, too, creating a defined arch. Other things to look for are smaller muscles in the calf of the affected leg, and the foot being up to a half inch shorter than the other. Sometimes both feet are affected.
Don’t worry! Your baby’s bones and tissues are still malleable and this condition does not hurt them at this stage. It must be corrected, though, or he or she will not be able to walk normally and might experience a lot of pain later on. The preferred treatment is called the Ponseti method, in which the foot is manipulated into the correct position and casted several times during the early weeks.
Trust your baby’s feet to Dr. Rahn Ravenell at Coastal Podiatry, LLC in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Call our office for an appointment today.