The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) reminds parents and coaches that increased participation in outdoor sports can also increase the number of foot and ankle injuries, particularly for children who play field sports.
Ankle sprains alone account for 10 percent of all injuries seen in emergency departments. ACFAS calls for parents and coaches to educate themselves on the signs of foot and ankle injuries and to seek treatment early.
Childhood Obesity Linked to Foot Pain
Physician members of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons have noticed a link between foot pain and childhood obesity.
A vicious cycle occurs with overweight children. They should exercise and lose weight, but because of their weight, their feet hurt and they cannot exercise. An estimated 16 percent of U.S. children ages six to 19 are overweight, and doctors are starting to see more overweight and obese children with foot and ankle pain.
Being overweight can cause many problems in the feet. For example, the pressure of extra weight causes a flattening of the foot, resulting in strain on the plantar fascia (the band of tissue which runs from the heel to the base of the toes), a primary cause of heel pain. Foot and ankle surgeons may treat overweight children with custom orthotic devices (shoe inserts), physical therapy and other conservative measures to reduce and eliminate pain. Parents should also watch their child's lifestyle and diet.
Congenital Pediatric Foot Deformities
Dr. Fernandez and Dr. Scudday will diagnose and treat all types of pediatric congenital foot deformities in children, from newborns to teens and young adults. They will work hard to find the right way to correct your child's congenital foot deformity, so they can develop normally and reach their full potential.
What are congenital foot deformities? Congenital (means the child was born with the condition) foot deformities can affect feet, toes and/or ankles. Many congenital foot deformities are common, like clubfoot; 1 in 1,000 children are born each year with a clubfoot. Other common congenital foot deformities include vertical talus, tarsal coalition, polydactyly, macrodactyly and cleft foot. Some congenital foot deformities have a genetic background, which means someone in your direct family history had the gene that caused the condition, and it was passed to your child.
Treating congenital foot deformities:
- Custom orthoptics
- Manipulation and splinting