The Answers You Need to Settle Your Foot Care Questions
Sometimes it can be difficult to find the right answers to your questions. Other times it can be too embarrassing to even ask the right questions. That is why we take the initiative to answer common foot care queries without the need to be asked. Come get the answers you and your feet need.
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Does my Child Have Kohler’s Disease?
If you’re concerned about your child’s foot pain and wondering, “Does my child have Kohler’s disease?” know that, while it is possible, Kohler’s disease is a rare bone disorder. It’s most common in children between ages three and five, and is more likely to affect boys than girls. The condition involves a bone in the midfoot, called the tarsal navicular, becoming inflamed. The bone deteriorates from a lack of blood flow, sometimes causing it to break down into fragments that heal later. This causes pain, swelling, tenderness, and limping. Typically the discomfort will be worse after activity and your child may not want to put weight on the foot at all.
If your child is struggling with foot pain, don’t ignore it. It’s important to find out what is causing the discomfort and work to treat the condition. Because Kohler’s disease is quite rare, midfoot pain is usually caused by other problems; however, checking for the disorder and ruling it out is better than misdiagnosing it. If you’re concerned about your child’s foot pain, let us know at Parker Foot & Ankle in Houston, TX. Call (281) 497-2850 or use the online form to make an appointment.
What Does it Mean When my Child is Pigeon Toed?
When your child is pigeon toed, he or she has a gait abnormality that is also called intoeing. The toes point inward instead of straight ahead when your child stands or walks. This occurs because of the shape of the feet, a natural twist in the shin bone, or a rotation at the thigh. Your baby’s position in the womb can affect this. Typically, being pigeon toed doesn’t cause any difficulty for your child, but occasionally it is more awkward for your little one to walk normally.
The condition needs to be evaluated and monitored as your little one grows, to make sure it isn’t connected to a neuromuscular condition, but usually intoeing resolves on its own as your child grows. However, if the problem is severe, it may need to be addressed. If you’re concerned about your child’s walking, contact Parker Foot & Ankle in Houston for an appointment. Call (281) 497-2850 or use our online request page to reach our office.
What is Causing my Child's Heel Pain?
Usually heel pain in children is caused by calcaneal apophysitis, also known as Sever’s disease. This is inflammation of the growth plate in the calcaneus, or the heel bone. Though it sounds frightening, this is a fairly common problem in growing, active kids. The feet tend to lengthen more quickly than the other parts of the body, which can tighten and strain the Achilles tendon. Repeated hard impacts on the feet, especially from sports, stresses the tendon even more, so it pulls on the back of the heel bone. The constant pressure irritates the growth plate and causes the pain your child is feeling.
Fortunately this can be treated. Your child doesn’t have to suffer with uncomfortable heels. Don’t wait and let your son or daughter limp around—contact Parker Foot & Ankle for an appointment or more information about treatment. You can reach us by calling (281) 497-2850 or using our website contact form.
What Treatment Options are There for Kohler’s disease?
Kohler’s disease treatment options are conservative and usually revolve around relieving pain in your child’s arch and eliminating any limping. Often soft heel wedges or appropriate arch supports reduce the pressure on the damaged tarsal navicular bone, alleviating some of the discomfort. We may recommend anti-inflammatory pain medications and ask your child to scale back on all activities as well. If your child has severe symptoms, he or she may need to spend time in a special plaster cast that is molded under the arch. Like the shoe inserts, this helps reduce the pressure on the midfoot.
The disorder actually resolves on its own within a couple years. It doesn’t cause a lasting deformity or even appear again once it has recovered. However, treatment for the problem can help your child stay comfortable and mobile while the condition is still painful. You don’t have to watch your child suffer with sore feet. Contact Parker Foot & Ankle in Houston, TX, for more information or an appointment to take care of Kohler’s disease symptoms. Simply call (281) 497-2850 or use our website to reach us.