As children and teenagers develop into young adults, chances are they may take interest in joining a sport or other physical activity with their school or neighborhood community. Getting your kids started young with their own podiatrist and maintaining healthy fitness practices is not only wise, but it pays off in the long run! Pun intended. Getting outside, keeping fit, and staying active during these years will help make the transition into adult sports and physical activity that much easier. However, it’s important to keep in mind just how vulnerable the internal structures of your child’s feet and ankles are during their early development.
Did you know that from age 12 to 15, some parts of our feet are still finishing up development? This leaves them especially vulnerable to bruising, fracturing, inflammation, and injury. For example, the growth plate of their heel isn’t done developing until about 15 years of age in most cases. When your child plays sports that expose their heels to high impact, like biking, running track, or playing soccer, keeping the fragility of their growing bones in mind is especially important. These sports, as well as many others, can cause repetitive stress to their feet, meaning it can be that much easier for them to sustain trauma or injury to their feet or ankles. Now imagine high impact sports on developing feet and ankles while wearing ill-fitted shoes! You can be an advocate for your child and others as well by speaking up about the safety of their feet and ankles while playing sports.
One of the first and most efficient steps to advocating for your child’s foot and ankle health is by keeping an eye out for warning signs. If you begin to notice your child becoming less interested in their usual physical activities, physical pain might be a culprit -- ask them how they’re feeling! If and when your child starts to opt out of wearing their shoes as often as before, this might be due to foot related discomforts, such as bunions, blisters, or calluses. Addressing these concerns is easier than ever by simply calling us at (212) 697-3293 to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Les J. Glubo and Dr. Dawn O. Figlo at our convenient location in New York City!