Foot And Ankle Pain During Adolescence

Foot and ankle pain is fairly common during childhood and adolescence, and is typically not anything to worry about. However, it is important for parents to understand what is common and what is not when it comes to the reason why their child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, determining when a visit to the podiatrist is necessary.

Flat Feet: Children that are flat-footed do not have a normal arch, often occurring around the ages of 2-3 years old, and can happen to one or both feet. Flat feet can cause pain in the ankle, heel or arch, especially during movements like running or walking. Most children that have flat feet will require the use of a shoe insert or heel cup in order to help minimize the pain, as well as ensure they are resting when they are experiencing pain.

Growing Pains: Ankle pain is frequently a sign of growing pains, typically occurring between the ages of 8-12 years old, especially as children have become more active in physical activities and sports. As your child enters puberty, their growth centers, that separate bone and cartilage, close, often resulting in heel, foot, and ankle pain. With the use of orthotics, a splint, or a soft cast, you can help to prevent pain and injury while strengthening the feet and ankles during these growth spurts.

Injuries: Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries in sports, making them a huge culprit of ankle pain, especially if your child plays sports like track, football, soccer, hockey, or gymnastics. When these activities are coupled with overuse and improper technique, your child’s inner ankle is less stable and is likely to turn inward after a contact injury.

If your child is suffering from foot or ankle pain that does not seem to be getting better with the right treatment and rest, then be sure to contact the Foot and Ankle Specialists of Illinois today.

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