It is because of subtle signs and symptoms that foot and ankle problems in children are not properly diagnosed.
Experts from American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons have listed five warning signs for parents to look for.
1. If The Kids Can't Keep Up with Their Peers
If the child lags behind in sports or backyard play, it may be because their feet or legs are tired. Fatigue is common when children have flat feet.. If They Voluntarily Withdraw from Activities they Usually njoy
If the kids hesitate to participate in activities they usually enjoy, it may be due to heel pain. It often occurs in children between the ages of 8 and 14
3. If They Don't Want to Show Their Feet
Children may feel pain or notice a change in the appearance of their feet or nails but don't tell their parents because they fear a trip to the doctor's office. Calluses, growths, skin discoloration, or redness and swelling around the toenails may help parents to detect the problem.
4. If The Child Often Trips and Falls
Repeated clumsiness may be a sign of in-toeing, balance problems or neuromuscular conditions.
5. If The Child Complains of Pain
It is never normal for a child to have foot pain. Injuries may seem minor, but if pain or swelling last more than a few days, have your child's foot examined.
The experts claim that child's foot and ankle should be promptly examined and treated.