Foot and ankle problems are common issues in children under 10 years of age. Trauma and overuse injuries are typical causes of pediatric foot and ankle disorders, and the presence of growth plates (epiphysis), apophysis and foot anomalies predispose children to potential pain and disability. Common pediatric problems include ingrown toe nails, bunions, turf toe, sesamoiditis and sesamoid fractures, flatfoot deformity, Frieberg’s Disease, overlapping toes (curly toes) and stress fractures. An early evaluation by a skilled Lake Forest Hospital pediatrician or pediatric podiatrist may result in treatment interventions such as shoe inserts, casts or other methods of immobilization to correct the problem.
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