Children are affected by many of the same foot conditions that adults are, including plantar warts, flat feet, heel pain, and ingrown toenails. Some of these conditions take on different characteristics or may occur more frequently in children due to the nature of their developing bodies and their active lifestyles. Throughout childhood, normal bone and muscle growth changes in the legs may contribute to heel pain and flat feet. And since children and adolescents can be tough on their feet, ingrown toenails and even warts are common problems.
Whether you are a casual athlete or training for a marathon, the stress placed on your feet can cause various types of injuries, including stress fractures, sprained ankles, torn ligaments, shin splints, knee pain, lower back pain and other joint or muscle problems. Many factors can contribute to an injury. It is advised to implement safety and common sense during any type of physical activity. If you injury your foot or ankle during physical activity, contact your podiatrist immediately.