Children may expressive any pain or discomfort that they may be experiencing; however, they may not be able to identify the exact problem. While they may be feeling uneasiness in running or walking, they may not be able to tell you whether it is their toenail causing the problem or a blister or pain in their ankle or foot.
Parents need to keep examining their children’s feet so that any issues can be addressed in a timely manner. Keeping a lookout for some of the following warning signals can give a heads up and save your child from prolonged suffering:
- Avoidance: Children are energetic and playful almost all the time. If you notice your child avoiding games or opting to sit out more frequently than usual, there is a possibility that something might be wrong. Check their feet and inquire about any trouble that they may be facing.
- Fatigue: While feeling exhausted after a day filled with play is normal, excess fatigue or complaints about feeling too tired too soon from children should be taken seriously. They may be feeling pain in their feet and hence may be making excuses about feeling tired.
- Being too slow: Each child has their own pace and ability. However, persistently falling behind in comparison to children of the same age group could be a sign that there is a problem with their feet.
- Awkward walk: At times, children alter the way they walk or run in order to avoid the pain in their feet. If you notice your child walking in an unusual manner, you should consult a podiatrist immediately.
- Tiptoeing: Children often start walking on tiptoes or limp when they feel pain in their feet. They could avoid pain temporarily; however, tiptoeing hurts more as the balls of their feet come under stress.
If you notice any of the above signs in your children, immediately inspect their feet for any issues. For professional help and guidance, come visit Step by Step Family Foot Care. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Debra B. Manheim can help diagnose your child’s foot condition and devise a treatment plan that best suit his/or her feet. Call us today at our office in Parsippany (973) 917-3785, New Jersey.