Fractures in Kids Feet

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Childrens Foot Fractures

When kids are active and full of energy, accidents can happen. One common mishap is a fracture or a broken bone. As parents, it’s essential to understand what fractures are, how they can affect your child’s feet, and how we at TFC Podiatry can support and provide expert care and assistance.

What is a Fracture?

A fracture, or broken bone, occurs when there is a break in the continuity of a bone. In children, fractures are often the result of falls, sports injuries or accidents during play. The foot is a common site for fractures due to its complex structure and high level of activity.

Types of Fractures:

There are many different areas that can be broken on the foot, yet common foot fractures in kids may include:
Stress Fractures: These are tiny cracks in the bone that often result from overuse or repetitive stress. They can occur in the metatarsals or the bones of the midfoot, especially in active kids involved in sports.
Growth Plate Fractures: Children have growth plates near the ends of their bones, which can be susceptible to injury. A growth plate fracture can affect bone growth if not properly managed.
Ankle Fractures: Ankle fractures in kids usually involve the lower end of the tibia or fibula. They can be caused by twisting the ankle during activities or accidents.
Signs and Symptoms:
Recognizing the signs and symptoms of fractures in kids is crucial for early intervention. Best evidence has shown that some common indicators of fractures include pain, swelling, bruising, difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot and sometimes visible deformity.

How TFC Podiatry Can Help:

Expert Diagnosis: Our experienced podiatrists are skilled in diagnosing fractures in kids.
Tailored Treatment Plans: TFC Podiatry customizes treatment plans based on the specific needs of your child. Depending on the fracture type, treatment may involve immobilization through casting, taping or bracing.
Rehabilitation: After the initial treatment, we offer comprehensive rehabilitation services to help your child regain strength, flexibility, and function in their foot.

Prevention: Prevention is always better than cure, and we offer the best evidence-based guidance on reducing the risk of foot fractures in active kids:
Proper Footwear: Our podiatrists can recommend well-fitting, supportive shoes for sports and physical activities.
Safety Gear: We provide advice on the use of protective gear, such as ankle braces or shin guards in sports where they’re recommended.
Supervision: Our experts can guide parents on safe play and activities, ensuring children stay injury-free.
Exercises: Strengthening the structures and tissues surrounding the foot and lower leg are crucial in building up the body’s tolerance to support the bones. This can help in rehab aswell, allowing the the body to heal these areas quicker.

CAM Walkers: If requred TFC Podiatry can fit and assist you and your child with their fracture by using a CAM boot.

Your appointment at TFC Podiatry begins with listening to your story

We want to know how your foot or ankle concerns impact your life and learn about your goals.