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As our Southwestern, PA students start heading back to school we at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM know that sure as backpacks follow beach towels we’ll be seeing an upswing in office visits for pediatric foot injuries. The start up of fall sports means an increase in use and strain on young feet, some of which have not been very active over the summer. Here are some conditions to be on the watch for:

Achilles tendonitis—although it’s one of the strongest tendons in your body, the Achilles tendon which stretches from your calf to your ankle down the back of your lower leg is also very susceptible to inflammation and injury. Starting up a new sport or training program too quickly is one of the primary ways to aggravate this area. “Running hills” or doing stairs can also cause pain and inflammation to the Achilles tendon.

Ankle sprains—many children spend a large portion of the summer months in flip flops. Although easy to take on and off, these shoes provide no support and ankles tend to twist easily wearing them. This over stretches the ligaments of the ankles and increases the risk of sprains in sports that require twisting, turning or rapidly changing direction like football and soccer.

Plantar fasciitis and Sever’s disease—from cross country to football to lacrosse, most fall sports require running. Excessive amounts of pounding the pavement (or field) puts excess strain on the heel which may lead to inflammation and the condition of plantar fasciitis. In young people, the growth plate at the back of the heel is still forming and can be vulnerable to injury. This is known as Sever’s disease (even though it really isn’t a “disease”).

Stress fractures—pain that comes and goes, swelling without bruising and tenderness to the touch can all be signs of a stress fracture. These are tiny cracks that form due to overuse and may only hurt during the activity that is causing them.

The worst scenario in the case of foot injury is to encourage children to “play through the pain.” This can result in a worse injury and even permanent damage to young, still developing feet. If your child complains of pain or you notice anything unusual about how they are running or walking, contact our Washington office ASAP by calling: (724) 225- 7410. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker will want to examine your child’s foot and prescribe the necessary treatment for any foot injuries or conditions. 

 

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