14 Jun Foot and Leg Problems in Children
Children also experience foot and leg problems like adults. Here is a look at some common conditions.
Many growing children, especially boys between the ages of 10 and 15, suffer from knee pain due to Osgood-Schlatter’s disease – an overuse injury that affects the patellar tendon just below the knee where it attaches to the shin bone.
Osgood-Schlatter disease affects children because it often occurs during growth spurts, when bones and supporting structures are changing rapidly. When the child is active, the quadriceps muscles pull on the patellar tendon. This recurrent pulling by the large muscles can lead to inflammation of the growth plate.
Patellar braces, and custom-made orthotics can help in optimal foot alignment and preventing undue rotation of the lower leg.
Sever’s Disease is also more common. The disease is characterized by inflammation of the growth plate in the heel of active, growing kids. Common symptoms include pain and swelling at the back of the heel and limited mobility.
Sever’s Disease is caused due to repetitive stress to the heel and disturbance to the growth plate at the back of the heel where the Achilles tendon is attached.
Treatment includes rest, proper footwear, custom orthotics and heel lifts.
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