Bunions are commonly considered to be an older person’s problem. However, often a child develops a bunion that is a secondary issue that occurred due to another, more significant, foot deformity. Most of the time, a child’s bunion can be treated without any type of surgery. In some cases, out-patient surgery may be necessary.
Flatfeet, called pes planus, is another common foot problem. Flatfeet, feet that have a very low arch or no height to the arch, are related to the development of various foot, ankle, and leg pain and problems. A child with a flatfoot may or may not have pain; however, he or she may have difficulty walking or may complain of “tired” feet. This condition is treated by inserting an orthotic, which is a molded arch support, in your child’s shoe. Orthotics are custom-made to your child’s feet and slip in your child’s shoes. Generally, the younger your child is when he or she begins wearing orthotics the better.
Ingrown toe nails are common problems for people of all ages. They can be painful and may cause your child to limp or avoid wearing his or he shoes. Alleviating an ingrown toe nail is easy and fast when it is addressed promptly. It is important that you do not ignore an ingrown toe nail because it can become infected and lead to other complications.
Plantar warts grow on the bottom of the foot. These warts actually develop because of a virus that tends to affect children’s feet more than adult’s feet. Highly contagious plantar warts spread rapidly and they can be irritating or even painful. Most of the treatments for plantar warts are easy and painless. In more advanced or resistant cases, lasers may be used to eliminate the warts.