Picking Up Hints About Pediatric Foot Pain

Picking Up Hints About Pediatric Foot Pain

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If your child were complaining about pediatric foot pain, would you miss it? Here’s a fact: children’s feet are still growing. While we all accept this truth, sometimes we forget how much this plays into regular shoe size checks. Bringing your child to a store to have their feet professionally measured is one of the best ways to ensure that they’re always wearing the right pair of shoes. Fixing problems now is one way to prevent problems later. 


The doctors at the New Jersey Podiatric Physicians & Surgeons Group have a few helpful hints. Here is how to know when it may be time to go shoe shopping with your toddler — or teenager. We’re in this together. How can we help your child skip over foot pain?

What are visual clues of discomfort?

  • Redness, swelling, or indentions on the top or side of feet 
  • Corns, calluses, and other signs of friction
  • Frequent ingrown toenails 
  • Facial signs of discomfort when trying on shoes 
  • Visual behavior changes such as lack of play 

What is the best way to measure feet?

The Brannock Device has been tried and tested. It is the go-to measurement device for feet. You can use it to measure for your sports shoes, too. Most shoe store representatives have trained with this tool, so ask for help during your next visit. 

  • Always measure feet before shoe shopping
  • Always try on shoes before purchasing
  • If clothing sizes are changing, the shoe size may change, too
  • Try on shoes with socks
  • Go shopping later in the day when feet are at their largest 
  • Never guess a shoe size 

Does my child need a podiatrist?

Yes, we can help. Did you know that we work with kids, too? Podiatrists have the joy of helping to prevent foot pain. Treating children at an early age about foot care is one of the best tools for prevention. If you have any concerns, contact us. It’s never too early to consider your child’s foot health. 

  • We’re trained specialists in foot and ankle health care. Allow us to care for your family’s health. 
  • Foot health affects overall health. Teach your child how everything is connected.

At the New Jersey Podiatric Physicians & Surgeons Group, there are almost 30 foot and ankle surgeons, podiatrists, and doctors. With more than 30 locations, from Newark, NJ, to Cape May, NJ, we value convenience and excellent service for our patients. We offer compassionate, cutting-edge care across our network, and we specialize in treating the following conditions: ankle and sports injuries, heel pain and plantar fasciitisbunionshammertoescorns and callusesingrown toenailsdiabetic foot care complicationschildren’s foot problemsskin conditions of the feet, and fungal nails. Our group is among the best foot and ankle providers in the country. To schedule an appointment, first find a podiatrist in your area.