When children form a bump on the inside of the foot by the big toe, it is called a juvenile bunion. It usually develops because of an inherited foot structure that includes loose ligaments in the joints, a flat arch structure, and/or a long first metatarsal connected to the big toe. In some cases, the problem can start showing up as early as 6 or 7 years of age, and the majority of cases occur in girls.
We are less likely to encourage surgery for a child’s bunion, because the bones are still growing and care must be taken to keep from damaging the growth plate. More likely treatments include advice on shoe choice, custom orthotics to realign the pressure on the foot, and things like stretches and night splints. Managing the problems conservatively is preferable, at least until your child has reached full growth in the feet, around 15 – 17 years of age.
If you are concerned about your child’s flat feet or possible bunion formation, give Parker Foot & Ankle in Houston, TX a call at (281) 497-2850 and set up an appointment so we can evaluate the feet and decide what is best to be done.