Foot Problems, not only common in adults

If you can read this, you have eyes. And if you have eyes, you probably have feet. And the odds are, if you have feet, you have one of these common problems. But let’s be honest, foot problems do not occur only in adults. Children can also suffer from ingrown toenails, warts, and bunions.

One of the most common pediatric foot problems are ingrown toenails. This occurs when the nail, usually on the big toe, grows in to the skin along the side of the nail. Ingrown nails can happen in children, even more so in teenagers because they do not take care of their nails properly. If they develop an infection due to an ingrown toenail, antibiotics may be needed to treat it. Removing the affected piece of nail often solves the problem.

Warts are another common problem, more commonly seen in children and teens. They are small bumps on the skin caused by a virus. One of the telltale signs of a wart is when you notice small black dots inside the small bump. Warts can appear anywhere on the body, but many times they occur on the soles of the feet when they come in contact with the virus.

Now you may think “children can’t get bunions”. But they do. Bunions are a bony protrusion that forms on the side of the foot where the big toe and the foot meet. They can occur when children wear shoes that are not the correct size, or they can be hereditary as well. There is not one preferred way to treat bunions in children so check with your podiatrist.

These are just a few of the problems that we see children come into the office with. At Central Jersey Foot & Ankle Care, we treat not only these, but other problems such as flat feet. With convenient hours after school, we can accommodate all children. Located at 98 Craig Rd. in Manalapan, please call for an appointment today to schedule an evaluation.