Preventing back to school foot pain

Back to School Foot Pain

After wearing flip-flops all summer, students head back to school with painful feet

As August approaches before you know it the ringing of school bells the moans and groans of students over tests, homework, relationships, and increasingly, their aching feet.

Around the Lowcountry flip-flops and sandals are the summer footwear of choice for many students. But while these sandals are inexpensive and stylish, they don't cushion or support the foot, leading to problems. After wearing flip-flops all summer, some students will head back to school this fall with foot pain and even injuries. The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) reminds parents and students that foot pain isn't normal and can be reduced or eliminated.

People often don't realize that even into your mid-teens, there's new bone growing in your heel. Flip-flops don't cushion the heel, so repetitive stress from walking can inflame that heel bone growth area and cause pain and tenderness. Calcaneal Apophysitis or Severs Disease is a common foot condition that we see in children. This condition is an inflammaiton of the growth plate of the heel. We have noticed an increasing trend in this form of heel pain especially in young athletes playing year round sports.

Heel pain and arch pain rank among the most common complaints among students who wear flip-flops. Other flip-flop feet problems students can take back to school include inflammation of the Achilles tendon, painful pinched nerves, sprained ankles, broken or sprained toes, cuts and scrapes, plantar warts, Athlete's foot, and callus build-up on the heels and toes.

Foot and ankle surgeons can usually reduce or eliminate students' foot pain with simple treatment methods including stretching exercises, ice massage, anti-inflammatory medications, and custom or over-the-counter shoe inserts.

Back to school season will always be painful for some students, but it doesn't need to involve foot pain. For more information on foot and ankle health conditions please refer to our website at www.carolinafootspecialists.net

 

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