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“Look Mom, no hands!” Every parent with school-aged children has probably heard words similar to these at one point or another. The excitement of kids going back to school can be mixed with apprehension as kids leave the safety of the home.

Playground injuries are common. The National Program for Playground Safety released findings that from 2001-2008, there were 218, 851 children who needed emergency care for injuries sustained on playground equipment. Minor or major, accidents do happen as kids expend their energy on the equipment and the fields during recess. If your child comes home complaining about foot pain or discomfort elsewhere, it is worth taking a close look at what could be going on in case the pain is due to a fracture.

A fracture usually can’t be seen by the naked eye unless it is severe and breaks through the skin. A jump or fall from a high ledge or a hard run-in with another child could result in a break in a bone. A stress fracture is a hairline break that can still allow a child to walk and play but will lead to significant pain over time. A hairline break could cause pain, tenderness, swelling, bruising and difficulty bearing weight. If your child heard a snap or popping sound, a major fracture could have occurred and would result in immediate pain and swelling. Even if your child has a high threshold for pain and wants to tough it out, if they are complaining you should have their symptoms diagnosed. The right treatment early is the best way to prevent problems in the future and this is especially true when it comes to fractures.

We help patients of all ages take care of their feet, from minor blisters to major injuries. Please contact Dr. Phil Pinsker if you or your child is in need of foot care or treatment during this school season. Contact our office in Washington, PA at (724) 225-7410 to make an appointment or visit us online!

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