As a parent, you want the best for your child. More importantly than that, you want to know that he or she is safe and healthy. There are certain foot and ankle conditions that are more common for children than others, but here at Richardson Podiatry Associates we sometimes have to treat cases of bunions in young patients. People are more likely to associate the condition with women’s footwear, but this isn’t always the case. If this is something your son or daughter is experiencing, perhaps it will be helpful to know that it is possible to ease child bunion pain.
We cannot guarantee that surgery will not be necessary, but there are many cases that benefit from conservative measures. Our practice will always attempt to use nonsurgical methods when possible to care for an injury or condition, especially for children.
For easing your child’s bunion pain, the following tips may prove to be quite helpful:
- Shoes – Make sure that your son or daughter’s shoes are not narrow, tight, or otherwise shaped so that they place excess pressure on the problem area. Footwear with wide toe boxes not only helps eliminate pain, it also reduces the risk of corns or calluses developing on the bunion.
- Custom orthotics – These prescription shoe inserts are created especially for your child and can evenly distribute the pressure on the affected foot. Orthotics that correct pronation abnormalities can be particularly beneficial. Overpronation places excessive pressure on the inside edge of the foot, right where bunions are located.
- Medication – Drug store and prescription pain relievers will help to reduce pain and swelling in the area. If you are going to try an over-the-counter medication, first be sure to check with our office for the appropriate type and dosage recommendations.