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Children's Foot Care FAQ

Can a child have plantar fasciitis?

It depends on the age of the child. Most children between 6 and 15 years old are actually suffering from a condition called calcaneal apophysitis, which in an irritation of the growth plate, not plantar fasciitis. Older children may have plantar fasciitis.

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Are our children’s shoes making their feet deformed?

A new study of 250 children in Switzerland presented by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) found that the vast majority of young children are wearing shoes that are too small, increasing their risk of foot deformities. Shoes that are too tight are a leading cause of hallux valgus (bunion deformity). This condition occurs when the big toe begins to angle sideways in the direction of the second toe, causing a bump on the side of the foot. 

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Our child has flat feet. Does this need to be treated?

There are many people who have flat feet who never have a problem with their feet. If there is a family history of flat feet with members needing surgery or having bunions, hammertoes or other foot deformities, then yes, your child should be treated. This does not mean surgery; however, sometimes an orthotic or insert may be recommended. The best thing to do is to have your child’s feet examined and then you can evaluate the treatment options.

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