Children's foot, ankle and leg problems

Common Digital Deformities

It’s not uncommon to see deformities in the toes of children. Typically, these conditions are inherited from the one of the parents. Digital deformities in children rarely resolve themselves, and they often grow worse over time without treatment. Younger children and infants usually won’t notice deformities because symptoms rarely show until the children are more mature, but parents may...

Metatarsus Adductus

What is metatarsus adductus? Also known as metatarsus varus, this is a common foot disorder that is often identified at birth. Metatarsus adductus is an increased curvature of the foot, giving the foot an inward “C” shape. The deformity usually ranges from the middle of the foot and follows to the tips of the big toes, which are often curved inward more to a more exaggerated extent than...

Overview of Foot Pain in Children

Recognizing foot pain in children can be tricky for parents because children may not recognize the symptoms of a problem or be able to express there is a problem. Some of the most common foot conditions in developing children include: Digital deformities Pain in heels Aching & restless legsA child’s foot pain should not be disregarded as...

Pain in the Ball of a Child's Foot

What causes pain in the ball of a child’s foot? Sudden development of pain in the ball of a child’s foot may be a condition related to damage to the growth plate near the second metatarsal bone. Known as Freiberg’s Disease, this damage is likely the result of an injury to this area of the foot. This damage can cause loss of blood flow to the growth plate, which leads to the sudden...

Pain in the Heel of a Child's Foot

What causes heel pain in a child’s foot? The sudden development of pain in the heel of a child’s or adolescent’s foot is usually related to an injury to the growth plate of a bone located near the heel. This condition is called Sever’s disease. Another condition that behaves similarly to Sever’s disease is Achilles tendonitis — an inflammation of the tendon at the back of the...

Pediatric Flatfoot

What is pediatric flatfoot? When the inside border of a foot is flatter than normal, this is considered a flatfoot. People with flatfeet usually develop the condition in childhood and sometimes grow into having normal arches. In many cases though, the flatfoot remains and may require supportive shoes or custom orthotics to prevent the development of worse conditions. Diagnosing pediatric...

Restless Legs or Growing Pains

What are growing pains?When a youth’s leg muscles feel weak or sore, or may be limited in movement, this is often dismissed as “growing pains.” However, these symptoms should be treated immediately. Normal growth should not be painful, and the presence of pain in the feet or legs indicates an abnormal occurrence that should be examined by a podiatrist.Symptoms of “growing...

Tarsal Coalition

What is a tarsal coalition A tarsal coalition is a condition between two of the bones at the top of the foot or the arch that inhibits motion due to the abnormal growth of bone, cartilage, or fibrous tissue across the joint. Depending on the severity of the condition, the motion of the joint may be limited or completely absent.This condition typically causes pain in the surrounding joints...