My daughter complains of severe pains in her feet, which i constantly massage. The pedia. says she has flat feet, and that usually happens in children, but I think it is growing pains...is there such a thing?

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Rachel - posted on 02/19/2009

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Katherine,



Can you give me some more info? Where does it hurt specifically on her feet, what helps, what makes it worse?



Thanks



Rachel

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We had this same problem with my child.  Doc said it was growing pains and it was happening every night.  we would rub her feet with either lotion or bengay and she would need motrin.  Finally i got tired of it and decided to take her to a orthopedic doc.  she examed her and she was very flat footed.  We had to get insoles and need to buy very good shoes as well.  We ended up buying skechers and she were her insoles everyday and we have not had a problem with her feet hurting.

Rachel - posted on 02/19/2009

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There is a such think as growing pain, but you should still have it looked at by a specialist if it is really bad. My daugther is 10 and the bottom of her feet hurt often (she is not flat footed) Her chiropactor said that her main ankle bone(talus) shifts and he adjusts her feet and that does it! He states that if could be from wearing different types of shoes often, or running around barefoot outside too much. He recommends to have her gently roll her feet over a frozen golf ball, while it is on the ground. ( I am flat foot on the left and I got pains all the time around 9 yrs old on the bump that is about the arch. It is called the medial maleious. My was too large for my foot and was pushing down and out. They can do surgery to saw it down which can give an arch. However, they said that I might walk after that, so we passed.

You could try a good supporting shoe.



Good luck.

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She may need special insoles etc.. but I had really bad growing pains and so does my daughter,  A little BenGay or A5-35 analgesic cream did the trick.

Rachel - posted on 02/19/2009

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Katherine,



It sounds to me like possibly plantar fascitis on the sole of the foot, or calcneal tendonitis, with fascitis on the ankle/ heel area. It could also be growing pain. My advice, is to deeply massage the sore areas, and stretch out those areas, for example, tips of toes on one stair, then press the heel upwards, to stretch the base of the foot. Really good molded insoles will help also. Otherwise, I would follow up with a ped. podatrist. Hope it helps.

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Kathy Perez - posted on 02/19/2009

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My daughter daughter is 12 and is very active in sports. She mostly gets cramps on the tops of her ankles when she has been running a lot and/or has been wearing shoes without much arch support (like her converse tennies cute but not practical for support). I took her to a "foot" store about a 2 yrs ago- I believe it was The Bone Store or The Good Feet? - and had them find support inserts which really help - when she remembers to wear them consistently :) Otherwise, massaging and a little ibuprofin help too :)

Melanie - posted on 02/19/2009

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OMG Yes! My son used to wake up crying in the midle of the night every night for years and I would masage his legs for him. A warm bath helps if it's not the middle of the night, but if it is the middle of the night throw a towel or blanket in the dryer and when it's warm wrap her legs in it.  Remeber the pain is actualy in the bone if it's growing pains so masaging only distracts, comforts and calms your little one so you could be there a while where as the wormth gives imediate pain relief.  Myoflex cream is a mild pain cream that even preganant women can use but I'd ask your doctor first.  If it is flat feat causing her pain go to a European Foot Specialist not a Pediatrist, I've been to both and have insoles myself. A European specialist will use a special weight sensitive computer scaner to determine when your child is placing there weight on there feet and where the need to be corrected. A Podiatrist takes a cast of your foot and guesses where you need the corrections. I have had both and the later is better. Good luck!

Bridget - posted on 02/19/2009

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How old is she?  My daughter has flat feet also and my ped kept saying she could develop arches by the time she was 13. She is now 11.  I finally went to foot dr on my own and he said absolutely NOT.  He took xrays and she has bone deformities in her feet,  She now has some great orthopedic inserts for her shoes and her feet feel much better.  She will need surgery to correct the bones in her feet. 

Tina - posted on 02/19/2009

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i defnately beleive in growing pains, my 9yr daughter sometimes gets them in her legs at night and i can remember having them myself. very painfull just massage lots and maybe some pain relief.

Katherine - posted on 02/19/2009

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sometimes directly in the middle under the foot, or near the ankle...massage, with an oinment usually helps.

Michelle - posted on 02/19/2009

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Your ped should have referred you to a pediatric orthopedic surgeon.  If it really is an issue of flat feet, it can easily be helped by orthopedic insoles.



My daughter had this issue and it took some pushing on my part to get the referral but once we did - it was so worth it.  We ended up seeing a wonderful ped orthopedic dr and he found that our daughter has "extremely" flat feet that was causing her pain.  He fit her for the insoles and it was almost instantaneous relief for her.  She hasn't out-grown the issue either unfortunately. (now age 12)

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