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How to detect your child's foot and ankle problems.

Byline: ANI

Washington, Aug 25 (ANI): Foot and ankle problems in kids often go unnoticed due to subtle signs and symptoms.

Experts from American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons have listed five warning signs for parents to look for.

1. If The Kids Can't Keep Up with Their Peers

If the child lags behind in sports or backyard play, it may be because their feet or legs are tired. Fatigue is common when children have flat feet.. If They Voluntarily Withdraw from Activities they Usually njoy

If the kids hesitate to participate in activities they usually enjoy, it may be due to heel pain. It often occurs in children between the ages of 8 and 14

3. If They Don't Want to Show Their Feet

Children may feel pain or notice a change in the appearance of their feet or nails but don't tell their parents because they fear a trip to the doctor's office. Calluses, growths, skin discoloration, or redness and swelling around the toenails may help parents to detect the problem.

4. If The Child Often Trips and Falls

Repeated clumsiness may be a sign of in-toeing, balance problems or neuromuscular conditions.

5. If The Child Complains of Pain

It is never normal for a child to have foot pain. Injuries may seem minor, but if pain or swelling last more than a few days, have your child's foot examined.

The experts claim that child's foot and ankle should be promptly examined and treated. (ANI)

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