Children grow up so quickly. One moment it seems they are just learning to toddle around and explore their world, then the next they are running, playing sports, and leaving you in the dust. As children grow, they naturally start developing adult features and begin facing complex problems and situations in life. However, some issues people tend to think of as exclusively adult problems, like bunions, can actually develop at a young age. Children’s bunions are not as common as their adult counterparts, but they can be just as painful and problematic.
Children’s bunions are the result of a biomechanical weakness in the forefoot that allows the first metatarsal and big toe to slide out of alignment and form that big bump at the joint. Usually this weakness is inherited and then aggravated by excessive pressure on the forefoot from things like poor shoe choices and even flat arches. High pressure on the forefoot contributes to juvenile bunion formation.
As a result of poor shoe choices (like high heels or narrow, pointed toe boxes) or dealing with other pressures on the forefoot, the child’s toe can slide out of alignment and form a bump on the side of the foot. Swelling and soreness of the bump make the joint painful. The issue is further aggravated by pressure and friction from footwear. Over time, the big toe might even overlap the neighboring small toes.
As a juvenile bunion gets worse, the deformity can make being active and even walking painful for your child. The good news is that, like adult bunions, this condition can be treated with conservative measures, especially if you treat it early. Some basic care and changes to footwear can go a long way in preventing the deformity from progressing, allowing your child to have a normal, active life.
We are bunion experts here at Dallas Podiatry Works, whether they are on your own feet or on your child’s. You want your sons and daughters to grow up with healthy feet and without pain, so don’t ignore signs of a juvenile bunion. If you’re concerned about a possible bunion bump on your child’s foot, get it examined right away. We’ll help you with every step. Just contact our Dallas or Plano, TX, offices for an appointment through our website or by calling: (972) 566-7474 for Dallas, or (972) 943-3323 for Plano.