Kids have all the energy with little self-control. They can go all day while you are left panting behind them. Running around is great for your kids to explore their world and release some of that energy. But watch out - they are still growing, so they are more likely to have foot and ankle injuries than older folks.
Some of these injuries can lead to problems down the line. We aren’t pushing for you to put your child in a bubble and float them through life. Instead, this post will go over some of the common foot injuries to watch out for in your kids.
1. Ankle Sprains
Active kids are at risk of spraining their ankles. If your youngster is in a sport like football or soccer, they are even more likely to experience a sprain. A sprain happens when the ligaments stretch beyond how far they should stretch. These can be extra tough for kids if the sprain impacts their growth plate. As long as you get the sprain taken care of quickly, the risks are minimal.
2. Flat Feet
Everyone’s foot arch looks a little different. Chances are, your kids have different arches than you do. Younger kids and toddlers tend to have flatter feet as their muscles haven’t fully formed. Be on the lookout for them experiencing pain, or changing how they walk.
If you notice bumps on the inside of the ball of your kid’s foot, they may have a bunion. Bunions come from extra motion in the arch area. They can cause pain and limit activities. There is a minor procedure on the growth plate that will get rid of the invasive bunion.
4. Stress Fractures & Tendonitis
Both of these come from too much activity and not enough rest. The more extreme your kid is in a sport, the more likely they are to experience a stress fracture or tendonitis. These won’t usually do long term damage, but they will cause a ton of pain that eventually will take a kid out of the exercise. The cure is simple - rest after hard work!
If you notice any of these problems for your kid or kids, make sure to get it looked at by a specialist right away. The medical team at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers has the experience and skills to diagnose and treat these and other injuries that can happen to your kid. We can also make recommendations for their speedy recovery.
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