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At Feet First Foot Care, we want to encourage all of our Middlesex County patients to be informed about foot health when it comes to their children. As the weather gets warmer, kids may be enrolling in spring sports or spending more time outside. The signs and symptoms of foot problems can be subtle. Children, especially young children, are not always able to articulate discomfort. Foot pain that your child may be experiencing should be evaluated as soon as possible by a certified podiatrist.

Common Signs A Child Is in Pain

  • Your child cannot keep up with their peers
  • Children voluntarily withdraw from activities they usually enjoy
  • They do not want to show you their feet
  • The child complains of pain

Signs Your Child May Have a Foot Problem

  • Pain, swelling, and redness that does not subside
  • Development of thick calluses in one area of the foot
  • Problems with the way your child walks
  • Shins that appear to turn inward
  • Ankles that appear weak or easily give out

Foot Problems Commonly Experienced by Children

Most children with flat feet have no symptoms. However, if children lag in sports or backyard play, it may be because their feet or legs are tired. Fatigue is common when children have flat feet. Some children may complain of pain or cramping in their feet, legs, or knees. You should have a professional evaluate any pain that a child may be feeling as soon as possible.

  • Calcaneal Apophysitis (Sever's Disease)

When there is repetitive stress on the growth plate, painful inflammation can develop. This disease typically affects children between ages eight and fourteen because the heel bone has not fully developed until at least age fourteen.

When children have these symptoms, parents may think they are experiencing temporary "growing pains" without realizing it could be a foot-related problem. You should have a child with any of these signs or symptoms examined promptly. Call our Cromwell, Connecticut office at (860)-632-5499 to schedule an appointment with our trusted podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Across Middlesex County, children and teens are gearing up for the fall sports season. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we’re happy some things seem to be getting back on track for our and their team sports participation. However, we also want to remind parents and athletes that while there are many benefits to playing sports, there are also potential pitfalls for foot and ankle injuries.

Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to help ensure a safe and injury-free sports season for your youngster’s athletic activities:

  1. Don’t wait for the first practice to get moving. Going directly from the couch to the playing field is an invitation to many common sports injuries, from ankle sprains to Achilles tendonitis. Hopefully, your child has been engaged in physical activities throughout the summer. It’s important to increase their fitness level as the sports season approaches gradually. Encourage your child to become more active and perhaps contact their coach pre-season for some conditioning suggestions to get in shape for their sport.

  2. Buy new athletic shoes. Most likely, your children will have outgrown their sports shoes from last season. If last year’s model still fits, be sure to inspect externally and internally signs of wear, such as worn treads, stretched-out uppers, and tears or holes. It’s best to buy sport-specific athletic shoes designed for the specific movements each sport requires. Get feet properly measured and fitted too.

  3. Get old injuries re-evaluated. Contact our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499 for an appointment if your child sustained an injury over the last year. Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, will want to check on how well your child has recovered from a previous injury and may make recommendations for accommodations this season to prevent re-injury.

  4. Stress proper form and technique. Look for a sports program committed to teaching young athletes the right way to move and execute plays for their sport. It is an important safeguard against injuries.

  5. Stretch it out. Don’t let your child skip this important pre-and post-workout step. It helps improve flexibility and range of motion and helps ensure muscles are functioning smoothly, decreasing injury risk.

  6. Never play through the pain. Don’t subscribe to the old adage, “no pain, no gain.” If your child’s foot or ankle is hurting, promptly get them off the field and to the foot doctor. Don’t risk a worse injury that could sideline them for the remainder of the season or longer.




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