Why does my child's ankles roll in?

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So often, when parents ask about their children's foot and ankle pain or appearance, they're told that the kid will grow out of it. I hate this response. No kid should have foot and ankle pain and when a parent notices their child's ankle rolls in it is a significant condition and shouldn't be ignored.

Along with the rolling in of the ankle, which is seen as a large bulge on the inside of the ankle, you also likely noticed that your child has a flat foot. It's possible that your child is not particularly athletic and does not like to run or walk long distances. Older children may complain about their feet, ankles, or knees hurting while younger children may simply sit and cry when they are feeling pain. If you notice any of these signs, it's time to visit your Houston podiatrist who specializes in treating kids.

Most of the time these children will not grow out of these conditions, but will develop the ability to compensate for them. This can lead to bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, knee pain, and arthritis developing later in life. Addressing the mechanics at a young age, often with a simple treatment involving insoles or custom orthotics, will keep your child active and prevent greater problems, which may require surgery, later on.
Dr. Andrew Schneider
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.