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  • 2680 S Val Vista Drive
    Gilbert, AZ 85295
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How to Trick or Treat Adolescent Bunions

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Trick-or-treatYour adolescent may think trick-or-treating the neighborhood is kids’ stuff, but you can still find safe, fun alternatives at the Halloween Spooktacular on Friday, October 30 at the Library Plaza in Chandler, AZ. A costume contest, pumpkin bowling, haunted house, witches broom race, and tons of treats might be more up their alley.

Chances are at least a few of the 11 – 14-year-olds running around will have bumps on the feet by their big toes which are not part of their zombie or ghoul costumes. Treating adolescent bunions is important to make sure they don’t worsen!

Bunions in children are usually caused by genetic factors, but they can be triggered—especially in girls—at the age when they start paying more attention to fashion and end up in shoes that are not good for their feet.

Pointed toes and higher heels are part of the fashion scene, as well as the flip flops that no teenage girl seems to be seen without. These all cause your child’s foot to be forced into unnatural positions and can lead to deformity in the joint at the base of the big toe. If your child’s joint ligaments are naturally loose, the risk increases.

Fortunately, treatment is often simple and not too scary. Some tricks to keep bunions from getting worse include shoe choice (wider toes, lower heels, and good arch support) and splints worn at night to keep the bones in a straighter line. If the bumps on your son or daughter’s feet cause pain, we can recommend pain relievers that will help, too.

As long as these conservative methods keep your child pain free and mobile, no further treatment is necessary. If the discomfort is severe or you can’t find shoes they can wear comfortably, we will consider surgery to correct the misaligned joint. This can include cutting and repositioning the bone and pinning it in place as well as tightening the capsule of ligaments around the joint. We’ll walk your child through the entire process so it won’t be scary for them, either.

You want experts who know kids’ feet and have training and experience in treating this problem. You’ll find them at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona. Call our office in Chandler, AZ at (480) 963-9000, or in Gilbert, AZ at (480) 981-1800 and let us take the terror out of toe joints that won’t behave.
Dr. David Laurino
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