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Children Need Foot Care Too

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Children need happy and healthy feet. There are plenty of places for little feet to roam around the Irvine region. From Knott’s Berry Farm to the Orange County Zoo, there’s plenty to walk about and see. We take children’s foot care seriously at California Foot and Ankle Institute. We don’t have to tell you that your children grow fast, and quickly developing feet can need care at this crucial point in time to ensure they reach a strong and stable adulthood.

As toddlers begin to walk, doting parents might notice some concerns with gait. Feet may be turned inward or outward while walking, or a child’s arches might fall flat while standing or moving. None of these issues is an immediate cause for concern, as many young feet that show these symptoms will grow out of them as the muscles and bone structure further develop and strengthen. That said, it is still important to monitor these conditions to make sure they do not stay into adolescence or have underlying neurological or muscular problems as a cause.

As feet continue into their tweens and teens, their growth can result in other types of problems. Many active children between the ages of 8 and 14 can experience heel pain as a result of Sever’s disease. This “disease” is more of a natural inflammation of the growth plate in the heel bone when it grows faster than surrounding muscles and tendons. If you’ve ever heard of “growing pains,” this fits the bill.

Sever’s disease needs time to resolve, but we can recommend orthotics, physical theapy, and other treatments to help manage the pain in the meantime.

The doctors at California Institute are experts in pediatric foot care and know the importance of helping both kids and their families find relief and peace of mind. Our office is ready to help with any concerns you might have. Contact us toll-free at (800) 370-0393 or phone our office directly: (949) 833-3406.

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