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Parents frequently consider whether or not their child needs to see a foot doctor,  otherwise known as a paediatric podiatrist. It can be difficult to tell when it’s beneficial to see someone or not when a child is young. This is because they are constantly at risk of injuries, from bumping their heads and falling over all the time. Additionally, many people are unaware of the foot issues that are unique to young children. The sooner a problem with your child’s feet is identified and treated, the better. So, when is it worth booking an appointment? 

Common Foot Problems in Children

We often find that foot problems are hereditary. Therefore, you will have a much better chance of fixing the problem before it becomes a bigger issue down the line if you identify the problem and take action while the feet are still developing and growing. In essence, ignoring the issue will only exacerbate it. If your child has any of the following common foot conditions listed below, you might want to get them checked out by a foot doctor.

Fungal Nail Infections

Teenagers are particularly susceptible to fungus-related nail infections. They sweat more as a result of the numerous hormonal changes they are experiencing. Tinea pedis, otherwise known as athlete’s foot, is more likely to develop in sweaty shoes as they serve as a breeding ground for infections. This fungus is contracted through direct contact with fungus-infested surfaces. This includes locations such as public restrooms, the area around swimming pools, locker rooms, and anywhere else where the fungus can grow in a warm, moist environment.

Heel Pain and Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is not, contrary to its name, a disease. However, it is very common in children. Sever’s disease is the swelling of the growth plate in the heel. The majority of a bone’s growth takes place on the growth plate, a layer of cartilage located close to the bone’s end. Compared to the rest of the bone, it is less durable and more prone to injury. Sever’s disease is a common occurrence in children since they undergo many hormonal changes as they develop. Often or not, the disease will resolve itself with time.

Ingrown Toenails

Children frequently experience ingrown toenails, which can be extremely painful. Ingrown toenails are commonly brought on by simple causes. For example, not cutting the toenails correctly or wearing narrow-fitting shoes that bunch up the toes together. The best way to prevent ingrown toenails is to frequently take good care of them. This can be done by not cutting nails too short, picking at them or cutting them with rounded edges. However, a visit to the foot doctor will be able to aid you if they happen to be a newly occurred or a persistent problem.

Plantar Warts

Plantar warts, otherwise known as verrucas, appear on the bottoms of the feet, and are brought on by a virus. They resemble corns or calluses, which is why people frequently confuse them. You can also find them on other parts of the foot such as on the toes, but the sole is the most common. They are thick, rounded, and sometimes uncomfortable to stand on. Chemical treatments such as nitric acid and salicylic acid are frequently employed, although the method of treatment varies on the size, longevity and location of the wart. If they’re exceedingly bad, swift microwave therapy or verruca needling  is recommended.

How Can Doncaster Foot Clinic Help? 

At Doncaster Foot Clinic, we can offer advice on how to get your children back on their feet more comfortably. You can reach us by email or by calling 01302 342 971, and we’ll help you find the right foot doctor for you. To stay up to speed with our clinical updates and specials, follow us on Facebook. Or, check out our blog where you can find out about our foot treatments and professional advice. 

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When Should My Child Visit A Foot Doctor?