Your kids may be back in school, but if you need a place for them until you get home from work each day, check out the YMCA. It offers child care, afterschool activities, youth sports, and gym or pool time, but more than that, it encourages character development, healthy living, and social responsibility in your kids. If you notice that your child balks at physical activities at the Y, he or she could have a foot problem like bunions. You want your kids to be happy and engaged in life, so here are some tips to prevent juvenile bunion pain.
These big toe deformities in children are likely due to an inherited foot structure. In fact, you may have a bump on the side of your foot, too, and know exactly what we are talking about. You can’t do much about the flat feet, long second toes, or loose joints that you hand down, but you can try to keep the problem from developing or prevent the pain sometimes associated with it.
Though footwear doesn’t cause juvenile bunions, it can speed up the process. Tight shoes put pressure on the toes and can make them more likely to move out of position, causing the joint by the foot to bulge out. Always measure your child’s feet when you buy a new pair, because they grow so quickly. Choose a style that has wide fronts so the toes are not cramped.
Kids with flat feet often have a gait that overpronates (rolls too far inward during their strides), which can encourage bunion formation. This can be corrected by buying shoes with good arch support, or with custom orthotics designed by our foot specialists. In severe and painful cases, surgery to correct the foot alignment is also a possibility.If a bump is already starting to appear, you may be able to lessen the pain by using cushioned pads around the joint. It is important not to wait and see what happens, because early symptoms will just get worse if the condition is not treated. Bring your child to Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona for a diagnosis and treatment plan to halt the bunion in its tracks. Your child’s renewed interest in activity and lack of pain will be your reward. Call us in Chandler, AZ at (480) 963-9000 or in Gilbert at (480) 981-1800.