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All About Feet Library

This is a library of every article written by a FAANT doctor or staff in the last few years. The collection is quite extensive and there are some overlapping articles, but basically this is everything you ever wanted to know about your feet and ankles! Throw in some running and triathlon advice mixed in with all about shoes and socks; and you have a FAANT lasagna of articles. Enjoy!

PS. If you want more content, send us an email and we will blog or write about it.

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  • Is Pediatric Flat Foot a Big Deal? Example of a child with severely flat feet and how this can be helped with better shoes and inserts.
  • You Do Not Grow Out of Flat Feet Discussion and pictures of pediatric flat foot with severe deformity
  • The Top 9 Questions Parents Have About Kid's Sports Injuries The Top 9 Questions Parents Have About Kid's Sports Injuries answers the most common questions we hear from the parents of our patients in our North Texas office. Lots of parents have similar questions about their children's sports injuries. Most questions are centered on how they can prevent injuries and secondarily, what to do if their child gets hurt. Here are the top nine frequently asked questions and some simple answers.
  • "Mom, My Heels Hurt!" It is that time of year again. Returning to school and those extra curricular activities. Kids are excited about sports and band practice, but this sudden increase in activity can cause them to have heel pain. Pediatric heel pain is nothing to ignore. It is not your typical adult heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis and will not go away with advil alone. It can be excruciating for some children to the point they cannot walk. So what is it really and why does it happen?
  • Heel Pain in Children On The Rise! Indoors and outdoors, child athletes stay active year round in competitive sports, and for many of them heel pain occurs as often as missed free throws. Local podiatric surgeons warn that when a child complains of heel pain, it should be treated right away and might be a warning sign of acute bursitis, stress fractures or other serious foot problems.
  • Can Kids Have Bunions? When we think of bunions, we think of our grandmothers with the worst feet we’ve ever seen. This may be passed down to the next generation, but few realize that bunions can occur in children. This is called juvenile hallux valgus and is more frequent than you think.
  • Do Children Grow Out Of Flat Feet? Many parents are concerned when they look at their child's foot and it seems excessively flat. They are even more disturbed if one of the parents has a history of painful flat feet in their family. Unfortunately many pediatricians tell everyone that they will "grow out" of flat feet. This is a terrible misjustice to the millions of children who have symptomatic, structural flat feet that they will not "grow out of" and often leads to many years of pain and disability when treatment can signifiacntly decrease their suffering.
  • The Truth About Childrens Feet Proper care and treatment of the feet, beginning in childhood, will prevent many of the orthopedic foot and ankle problems seen in adults. Preventive medicine in the field of podiatric medicine is just as important to your child as it is in dentistry or general medicine. Many children walk excessively pigeon toed, flat footed, or bowlegged; although they are not in pain, they are damaging their feet and causing abnormal stress to all the joints of their lower extremities as well as their back.
  • Escalator Injuries! Are Kids At Risk? Does Shoe Gear Matter? The rising popularity of flip flop sandals and Crocs shoes, has brought escalator safety concerns for children in the United States to the forefront. As a physician and mother of three small girls, a few questions came to mind. These two types of shoe gear have been lumped together as increasing risks, but is this a truly fair assessment?
  • Does Your Child Run Funny? Does your child run funny? Most childhood foot deformities and abnormal biomechanics are ignored unless they are severe in nature. If your child was born with a severe clubfoot or an obvious rocker bottom flat foot, your pediatrician would have you running to the podiatrist or orthopedist. Why is it that mild to moderate foot and ankle problems are mostly ignored until the child is complaining of pain?