What parent wouldn’t do anything to help their child live a healthier life? Foot problems in children can keep them from from doing healthy activities that involve running and walking. I will let you in on a secret… Podiatrists are experts in treating children and teens. Podiatrists keep America’s kids active by keeping them on their feet and in the game. Children’s feet are still developing, and they are susceptible to a variety of conditions as they grow. Active kids, especially young athletes, are also prone to overuse and traumatic injuries. The good news is, as a parent, you can take simple steps to ensure your children’s feet and ankles stay healthy. Parents should keep a watchful eye on kids’ feet. Be sure their footwear fits properly each season, and pay attention if their behavior changes. Little kids can’t always communicate an injury or articulate pain, so they may act more tired than usual or be hesitant to participate in their regular activities when they are in pain. Active preteens can develop conditions such as Sever’s disease, a painful condition of the heel that results from growth spurts in the bone that outstrip the growth of the surrounding soft tissue. And kids may ignore symptoms such as drainage from an ingrown toenail that could signal a serious infection. The bottom line? Never ignore foot pain. “Growing pains” are not normal, and if your child’s feet aren’t feeling up to par, it’s time to bring them in for diagnosis and treatment.