They say youth is wasted on the young, and while that might not be correct, certainly there are many who envy the energy of middle and elementary school children. This is especially true when you watch them play, whether in organized sports or on their own. At the youngest levels, lack of skill in the game is made up for by sheer enthusiasm, and as players begin to mature they still have that same often-reckless spirit.
While this is fun, it has the potential to lead to foot and ankle injuries, as most children don’t know how to control their bodies or the finer points of avoiding injuries. Small injuries in children can, if unchecked, continue to grow and manifest themselves throughout their life, hampering them as they get older. It is important to fix a problem while a child is still growing, rather than letting it settle.
How Can Our Seattle Podiatrist Help?
At the Integrative Foot & Ankle Centers of Washington, we pride ourselves on using decades of experience and the latest in diagnostic equipment to get to the bottom of foot injuries in children. We make sure that we have the exact diagnosis and the proper course of action for each individual child.
Every issue is as different as the child who brings it in, and we strive to get that child back on the field of play as soon as possible.
Common foot injuries in children include:
Some of these are injuries, and some are conditions. A child doesn’t often know what is normal and what isn’t, so be sure to listen to them, and use your judgment.
Our surgeons provide weekend, holiday, and after-hours coverage for foot and ankle emergencies. Please call our main number at (425) 822-7426 and press 3 to leave a message for our on-call physician. If you don’t hear back from one of our doctors, you should go to Emergency Room or call 911.