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Common Childhood Foot Problems

Children are extremely active and may encounter foot and ankle problems from time to time. These problems are not always urgent, but many of them nonetheless require medical attention. Below we have put together some basic information for parents to help determine when to call on our pediatric orthopedic foot specialist near Plainfield.

Warts (Verruca)

Both adults and children are affected by warts, however, children are at greater risk for contracting the virus because they tend to run around barefoot more often. Traditional treatment for warts is surgical removal, freezing, or topical acids.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are another problem for children. Causes include improper trimming of the nail, the wrong shoe gear or ill-fitting shoes, and trauma. Sometimes there is no specific cause. A simple procedure is required to correct the problem and preventative measures can help eliminate recurrence.

Flat Feet and Metatarsus Adductus (In-Toeing)

All babies appear to be flat-footed during the first few months of life – the trick is to figure out if your child is having difficulty walking or experiencing pain while walking. If your child becomes cranky, demands to ride in the stroller, or becomes excessively tired after activity, you might want to have them evaluated by our pediatric orthopedic foot specialist near Plainfield.

In-toeing is another condition that may require professional evaluation. It refers to an abnormal alignment of the metatarsal bones, which are turned toward the midline of the body. This may not be evident until the child begins to walk, when they may trip excessively or display clumsiness.

Heel Pain (Sever’s Disease, calcaneal apophysitis)

This can occur because of overuse or after a specific injury, and usually affects boys between the ages of 8-13. It commonly affects one heel, but it can occur in both heels. Usually caused by micro fractures where the Achilles tendon inserts into the heel bone, it is a good idea to have a medical professional evaluate the injury to determine the proper treatment.

Other Problems

Children can also experience shin splints (medial tibial stress syndrome), an overuse injury, toe walking (equinus), which is usually an indication of a tight Achilles tendon, and growth plate disorders. If your child is experiencing any of these common problems, we invite you to contact us with your questions or concerns.

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Two Convenient Locations


15724 S. Rt 59 Unit 100

Plainfield, IL 60544

815-439-1188 phone

815-439-2453 fax

Illinois Podiatric Medical Association


215 Remington Blvd., Suite A2

Bolingbrook, IL 60440

630-226-9860 phone

815-439-2453 fax

American Podiatric Medical Association