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Common Congenital Foot Problems

The two most common foot problems in babies are metatarsus adductus and calcaneovalgus. Both of these conditions come from how the baby was positioned inside the womb. These foot issues usually improve without treatment or long-term side effects. Metatarsus adductus is when there is a curve in the middle of the baby’s foot. This occurs when the feet are folded inward. If the foot remains flexible, and it can be straightened out into a normal position, it will usually disappear by 6 to 12 months of age. Feet that are more stiff may be helped along with casting. Calcaneovalgus is when the foot is pushed up and out. It may be hard to push the newborn baby’s foot down all the way, but this can be improved over a couple of months. If you are concerned with your newborn’s feet, contact a chiropodist as soon as possible to find out if anything is amiss and needs to be treated.

If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, please consult with Chiropodist Stephanie Poupore from North Bay Foot & Ankle. Our clinician will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

Common Causes of Foot Pain in Children

While children can experience many of the same foot problems as adults do, some foot problems may be more common during childhood. 

Causes of foot pain in children can include:

  • Deformities that are present from birth, such as flat feet or clubfoot

  • Sever’s disease, which is an inflammation of the growth plate in the heel bone

  • Various sports injuries, such as sprains and fractures 

  • Ingrown toenails

  • Athlete’s foot

  • Plantar warts


It is important to look after the health of children’s feet in order to prevent future problems from arising. Keep your child’s feet clean and dry, trim their toenails regularly, ensure their shoes fit properly, and keep a watchful eye on any symptoms of foot pain, such as limping. If you notice any symptoms or if your child complains of foot pain, a chiropodist can help. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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