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Back to School: A Pain in the Foot?

Children are famous for finding reasons for not wanting to go to school, especially after the lazy days of summer but if your child is using foot pain as an excuse, there may be some truth to it. Many children wear flip flops for the entire summer. Although easy to wear and cheap to buy, New England Foot & Ankle wants parents to know that flip flops worn daily can have some distinct podiatric disadvantages.

The Trouble with Flip Flops

Flip flops lack support and cushioning. In children ages 8-14 bone growth is still occurring. That leaves the growth plate at the back of the heel vulnerable to injury. Constant pounding on the heel with normal walking and running and no cushioning can cause an inflammation to the area known as Sever’s Disease. Other foot conditions and injuries linked to excessive flip flop use include:

  • Achilles tendonitis

  • Plantar warts

  • Athlete’s foot

  • Calluses

  • Sprained ankles

  • Broken or sprained toes

Getting Back on Track

Most of these problems are easily treated. If your child is complaining of foot or ankle pain, make an appointment to see one of our podiatrists: Dr. George A. Abboud, Dr. Brian D. Tedesco, Dr. Carl Conui or Dr. Kimberly Thurmond. The foot doctor will do a complete examination of your child’s foot and ankle and will also ask questions about footwear and activities. A number of treatment methods may be used depending on the podiatrist’s findings. These include: ice and anti-inflammatory medications for pain, stretching exercises, physical therapy and orthotics.

It’s important to deal with foot pain or discomfort in your child promptly, especially if they plan to participate in any Fall sports or other activities that will put increased pressure on feet. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s feet or footwear, don’t hesitate to contact our Reading office by calling: (781) 944-4044.

Contact Us

New England Foot & Ankle Specialist

30 New Crossing Road

Suite 311

Reading, MA 01867 US

(781) 944-4044