FAQs - Children's Foot Care

How does Sever’s disease affect children?

Sever’s disease is the most common cause of heel pain in children and results from the growth plate in the lower part of the heel becoming inflamed. This condition is particularly evident in children who play sports or exercise on a regular basis. Overuse is a major contributing factor to this condition and it affects not only athletic performance and participation, but it can also impact day-to-day activities. Treatment for Sever’s disease is centered on reducing pain and includes rest, over-the-counter medication, monitored stretching programs, and icing before and after activities.

Prevention of this condition entails a solid stretching regimen before any athletic or physical activity. Talk to your child’s coaches and find out how knowledgeable they are with regard to this ailment and what they do to prevent it from happening to their young athletes.

If you have further questions regarding Sever’s disease, or have a child who needs evaluation for diagnosis, contact Dr. Gerald Mauriello in Bevidere or Hackettstown, NJ and schedule an appointment. Call (908) 475-8750 today and get your child back to feeling good again.

Should I worry about my child’s intoeing?

While many parents worry when they see their child intoeing when he or she learns to walk, for the majority of children, it shouldn’t be a concern. Intoeing is a very common gait problem that typically results from a slight, natural twist in the shin or thigh bones. It isn’t painful and it doesn’t cause arthritis or other long-term problems for children. The little twist is something your child is born with, and will grow out of within a few years. Only a very few children do not outgrow this issue. Furthermore, braces and special shoes do not help your child outgrow it faster, so most physicians opt to monitor the problem and make sure it doesn’t interfere with your child’s walking abilities.

Occasionally it’s the result of a slight curve in the foot, which can be stretched and straightened out during infancy. This should be diagnosed and treated early on to make sure your son or daughter’s foot grows normally over time. If you’re worried about your child’s intoeing, let Dr. Gerald Mauriello help calm your concerns. Make an appointment today for a consultation! You can call (908) 475-8750 or use our online contact forms.

Do I need to treat my child’s flat feet?

Kids who have arches that never develop can sometimes have no issues with their feet at all as they grow. They’ll run you ragged just like any other active child! If this is the case, treating kids’ flat feet is simply not necessary. However, if you notice your child withdrawing from usual activities, walking awkwardly, or complaining of pain, these are all signs you should seek help.

Take heart, though, that treating flat feet in children can typically be accomplished with conservative methods. In fact, a pair of good, supportive shoes may be all it takes to relieve your child’s pain! Slipping some custom orthotics inside footwear can provide additional cushion and support as well, and help eliminate bad biomechanics that may be adding to discomfort. There are also physical therapy exercises you can try. In extreme cases when these methods are not enough to provide relief, surgery can be performed, but this is quite rare.

If you are still unsure whether to treat your child’s flat feet, we are happy to help. Make an appointment at Dr. Gerald Mauriello by dialing (908) 475-8750. We will assess your child’s feet and get you on the right path.

How can I keep my kid’s bunion from getting bigger?

This is a great question, because bunions are indeed progressive, meaning they will get worse over time, and let’s face it — children with bunions have plenty of time for the condition to worsen as they grow! Fortunately, there are several ways you can slow the progression, and keep your child’s bunion from getting bigger. Exercises — like pulling the big toe outward for a count of 10, releasing and repeating — can strengthen the muscles around the joint and promote mobility. Splints and spacers can be worn, even just at night, to keep the big toe in proper alignment. Orthotics for kidscan help with a foot structure that lends itself to the problem, as well as redirect pressure away from the joint and distribute weight more evenly. Making sure shoes fit well and offer a deep wide toe box is also imperative to keeping toes in proper position and keeping kids’ bunions at bay.

If your child is experiencing bunion pain, or any other children’s foot condition of which you are concerned, call for an appointment at our Belvidere, NJ office by dialing (908) 475-8750. We will determine the best course of action to keep your son or daughter happy, healthy, safe, and strong.

Is it okay for my child to wear hand me down shoes?

This depends on how much the shoe has already been worn, but typically the answer is no – hand me down shoes are not a good idea. Passing shoes from an older sibling to a younger one may save money, but risking problems with your child’s feet is certainly not worth it!

Used shoes have already been broken in a certain way, according to the wearer’s foot structure, gait, and biomechanics. If these differ from that of the next owner of the footwear, it can end up altering the way his or her foot sits and functions in the shoe, and lead to overstress, injury, and chronic conditions.

Though sharing used shoes may be tempting, you cannot put a price on children’s foot health! Spend the money on a new pair to protect your child from possible problems that in the end, could be more costly than the new shoes!

For more answers to your children’s foot care questions, and more information about choosing footwear wisely, contact us online or by dialing (908) 475-8750 to reach our Belvidere, NJ office.