Common Lower Limb Problems in School Aged Children
Common Problems in School Aged Children:
Returning to school can often highlight problems with the lower limb of your child. You might notice new bumps or lumps on the soles of your child’s foot, or they might begin to complain of pain in their legs or feet after activity. Below are some common problems we treat in school aged children.
Warts: a wart, also known as a verruca, occurs when the human papillomavirus (HPV) virus can enter the skin. Warts can be triggered by a number of different external factors and can sometimes be painful to walk on. Our team of Podiatrists can assess the wart and formulate a treatment plan that best suits your child.
Heel Pain: active, growing children can suffer with painful heels. Footwear changes, strengthening programs, and education are often used to help resolved the pain. Heels may become particularly sore with rest after exercise, if left untreated the pain can linger into the next day and may lead to a limp and activity withdrawal.
Knee Pain: Similar to heel pain, active growing children can also get knee pain that is aggravated by activity, particularly ones that involved jumping and changes of direction; basketball, tennis, netball. Activity modification, strengthening and stretches are often used to help alleviated the symptoms.
Toe Walking: Toe walking is the absence of heel contact during normal walking. There are numerous causes; however, for about 60% of cases the cause is unknown. A Podiatrist will be able to assess the child and create a treatment pathway that will help with understanding the cause and options available to parents. If your child is still showing signs of toe walking by the age of three, specialist intervention is encouraged.
If your child is suffering from lower limb pain, or you notice any changes relating to their foot health, we encourage you to call our rooms on 89419955 to book an appointment with one of our experienced Podiatrists.