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Pediatric Foot Problem

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The last thing that any parent wants to experience as they raise their child is a pediatric foot condition that their loved one is suffering with. Children, like adults, can easily be affected very harshly by foot health problems. There really aren’t too many differences when it comes to adult and child foot issues. As your child begins to grow their muscles and bones, complications can come about that lead to many of the most common podiatry issues, from flatfeet to Severs Disease and Osgood Disease.

Pediatric flatfoot can be classified as either symptomatic or asymptomatic. While asymptomatic flatfoot has no effects on your child, a symptomatic flatfoot can be very painful and limit your child’s movement and overall activity.

If your child has a passion for running or other types of jumping sports, Severs Disease is something you, as the parent, need to watch for throughout development. The typical complaint all physicians run into with this condition is the experience of heel pain that develops slow with physical activity. Resting, reduction of inflammation, and stretching can eliminate the symptoms of this condition.

Osgood Disease, which is more or less not a disease at all, occurs when your child overuses an already existing injury. What occurs is an inflammation of the bone, cartilage or tendon on top of the shinbone, where kneecap tendon attaches. Children are most vulnerable to this issue during their most prominent years of growth spurts, and rest can deplete the effects your child is feeling. The good news: the problem typically subsides once a teenager’s bones are done growing.

Dr. Amanda Bartell says, “The pediatric conditions of both Severs and Osgoods can be painful and extremely frustrating for both the child and his or her parent. However, there are effective treatment plans that can allow kids to get back on their feet and continue their activities.”

For more information on pediatric foot care, visit or call 904-236-5023 to schedule a professional foot evaluation.

HealthSource’s First Coast Guide to Swim Lessons

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Swim Baby, Swim!

It is never too soon, or too late to start swimming in the Sunshine State.

Swimming Safari
4775 Windsor Commons Ct, Jacksonville, FL 32224
(904) 260-1836
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JaxParks Learn to Swim Programs
Lessons from ages 3 to Adult at Public Pools Citywide
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Splash Jax Swim School
1856 Davidson Street
Jacksonville, FL 32207
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First Coast YMCA
Children’s lessons offered across the First Coast
For more information:

JCA Swim School
8505 San Jose Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32217

Planet Swim School and Planet Swim Aquatics
272 Alta Mar Dr.
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
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Kerry Wick Swimming
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Infant Swimming Resource (ISR)
For infants under the age of 3.
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