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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Keep Your Child from Striking Out in Foot Care | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Katy Statler, D.P.M.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

Keep Your Child from Striking Out in Foot Care
 

If you’re like many moms and dads at this time of the year, you may be spending lots of hours at the baseball field watching your child play. While it’s great to be passionate about the sport, at Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists we want parents to be aware of how to spot certain injuries and conditions commonly associated with baseball.

Sever’s Disease—also known as calcaneal apophysitis, Sever’s disease is an inflammation of the growth plate of the heel that most often affects children ages 8 to 14. Not actually a disease, this condition occurs because the heel bone is still developing and excess stress that is put on the new bone forming at the heel plate can cause extreme pain.

Ankle Sprains—rounding third, pivoting to make a double play or landing on the ankle on an angle after jumping up to catch a line drive can all result in an ankle sprain. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that because your child can still walk on it, the ankle is not sprained. Swelling, pain and bruising are all signs of a sprain. When these occur, it’s best to have one of our foot and ankle surgeons, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin, Dr. Jessica A. Addeo or Dr. Rajan Patel examine your child’s ankle. The main cause of chronic ankle sprains and weak ankles is previous sprains that were not treated promptly or did not heal completely. Sometimes symptoms of a sprain may even be hiding a fracture.

Turf Toe—pushing off to get to the next base or stopping short in the outfield can cause this injury to the joint of the big toe. The symptoms of this condition include pain, swelling and a limited range of motion in the toe. Rest and modifications to footwear may be necessary for turf toe to heal.

Ingrown Toenails—an ingrown nail occurs when toenails grow down and into the skin surrounding the nail. Baseball players are more prone to ingrown nails because of the multiple short stops which cause the toe to hit the front of the shoe with force that can help drive the nail into the skin. Keeping nails trimmed short (but not too short) and straight across can help prevent ingrown nails.

Depending on the age of your child, he or she may not be able to fully articulate a foot problem. If you notice signs such as limping or not wanting to play baseball or your child complains of any pain, make an appointment at our Aberdeen office by calling 732-566-2841. Young feet need extra care to prevent future injury and keep them in the game.

 

 
 
 
Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Keep Your Child from Striking Out in Foot Care, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen