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Watch Out – Kids Can Get Bunions Too!

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Bunions can affect children's feet.

 

 

 

The Richardson Convention and Visitors Bureau presents and promotes various family-friendly events here in town. If your child decides to pass on activities like the 4th of July celebration at Breckinridge Park on account of pain at the base of his or her big toe, it is possible that a bunion is causing the issue. Because they are so commonly associated with adult females and footwear, many people do not realize that juvenile bunions can be an issue too.

When it comes to bunions on children’s feet, the root cause is normally not stiletto shoes or other high-heeled footwear. Typically, it is simply a genetic issue that could potentially be exacerbated with a case of flat feet. Shoes that are excessively tight in the front, especially those for soccer or other athletic activities, can also be a factor, however.

We typically treat cases of pediatric bunions with a conservative approach. The use of custom orthotics and medication is helpful in many instances. For some of our young patients, though, surgical intervention may become a necessary consideration.

If bunion surgery is the course that you wish to pursue for you child, you can find peace of mind knowing that we offer exceptional surgical expertise. Additionally, you can be assured that we will do everything possible to keep your son or daughter comfortable all the way through the recovery process.

Given that the root cause of this condition is more likely to be genetics than footwear, it is difficult to provide preventative measures that can help. However, there is evidence that points to an increased risk of bunions for children who excessively pronate on account of having flat feet. As such, treatment for that condition—particularly as we look at the use of custom orthotics to correct any biomechanical abnormalities—may help to prevent your child from developing a bunion.

When it comes to juvenile bunions, Richardson Podiatry Associates is ready to help. Our staff is committed to the health of your children and look forward to providing the treatment that eases their pain and allows them to do the activities they enjoy. If you have a son or daughter who is suffering with bunion pain, contact our Richardson, TX office today. Give us a call at (972) 690-5374 or use our online form to schedule an appointment.

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