Is Your Child Experiencing Any of These Common Foot Conditions?

Similar to adults, children can suffer an assortment of problems with their feet and ankles. Many of these problems, such as flat feet, are hereditary, while problems such as heel pain are usually caused by an injury.  Today Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing information regarding the three most common childhood foot ailments.

Because your child’s tendons and bones grow so rapidly, many symptoms related to foot and ankle problems can go undetected. For this reason, it is important that parents are attentive to even the most subtle symptoms. Comprehensive, routine exams of your child’s feet by a podiatrist may reveal a condition or defect and help minimalize problems later in life.

The Most Common Childhood Foot Problems

Children can face a variety of foot issues, many of which disappear as the child’s feet develop. Following are some of the most common problems:

Plantar Warts: These are common particularly during warmer months when children are more likely to be barefoot. Developing on the bottom of the feet, they are caused by a virus, most often in public areas such as locker rooms or pools.  They can be quite uncomfortable because it feels like they are walking on a small pebble or stone; however, it is also treatable and highly avoidable.

Ankle Sprains: These are quite common with active children, especially those who take part in sports. Ankle sprains occur when the ligaments that support the ankle are torn or stretched. With proper treatment, mild sprains can be healed, but severe tearing may require more extensive care. As a rule, rest, ice, compress and elevate (RICE) the child’s ankle immediately.

Ingrown Toenails: These occur when one or both side areas of the toenail start to break through and grow into the soft skin of the toe, leading to infection and painful irritation. Common causes include poorly-fitting footwear, injuries to the toe or improper nail trimming. If identified promptly, a child’s ingrown toenail can be treated with home remedies, but if the pain continues or worsens, treatment by a podiatrist will be needed to remove the infection.

If you notice that your child is constantly rubbing their feet, tripping often, limping or constantly complaining of foot pain, call the office of Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists at (425) 455-0936 today to schedule a consultation. Early attention and treatment are important when identifying many issues.

Is There a Cure for Morton’s Neuroma of the Foot?

If you have ever felt pain in the ball of your foot, someone may have suggested that Morton’s neuroma could be the cause. In addition, while there are a number of other potential causes for pain, Morton’s neuroma is one of the most common. Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists finds that patients often get frustrated because relief from the pain can take a significant amount of time.

What Is Morton’s Neuroma of the Foot?

In simple terms, it is an inflamed nerve on the bottom of the foot, between the 3rd and 4th toes. Beginning as simple inflammation, it can cause scar tissue to form around the nerve, and in some cases, the nerve can become enlarged.

This nerve is especially sensitive to too much pressure on the foot and frequently occurs in women who often wear high heels and snug-fitting shoes. Symptoms of this condition can include swelling, pain, tingling, numbness, and or a burning sensation. Some patients claim that it feels like walking on a rolled-up sock.

What Are Non-Surgical Treatment Options?

Treatments differ according to the severity of the condition; some include:

  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation;
  • Cushioning the ball of the foot;
  • Arch supports to align the foot and remove the pressure on the nerves;
  • Medications that decrease inflammation and pain;
  • Injection therapy using alcohol.

Morton’s neuroma usually reacts well to more of these more conservative treatments, and surgery can be effective for situations that are more resistant.

Is There a Cure for Morton’s Neuroma?

Like most medical conditions, particular treatments are successful for some patients but not for others. The most important part of treating Morton’s Neuroma correctly is to ensure that the diagnosis is correct and that another condition is not causing the pain. Hammertoes and bunions also transfer weight onto the bottom of the foot and can cause inflammation of the nerves.

The best treatment chosen will be based on your particular lifestyle and the unique requirements of your feet, but the primary key to recovery is to seek experienced care from a foot doctor before the problem develops into a chronic condition, or in some cases, even becomes permanent.

To learn more about Morton’s neuroma and determine if it is causing your foot pain, contact our podiatrist, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists, in Bellevue, WA today at (425) 455-0936 to schedule a consultation. Your feet will thank you for it!