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Explaining Kohler’s Disease in Children

Kohler disease, though rare, can cause distress for both you and your child. This bone disorder is characterized by pain and swelling in the foot, often resulting in a limp and pain during walking. While Kohler disease primarily affects boys aged three to seven, girls can also be affected. It is less frequent in girls, however, with typically only one foot being involved, which leads to a preference for walking on the side of the foot. The exact cause of Kohler disease is uncertain. Stress-related compression during critical growth periods and delayed bone formation are thought to be related to its development. The tissue destruction takes place in the navicular bone of the foot due to compromised blood flow, resulting in pain and discomfort. A podiatrist can order X-rays of the navicular bone to identify any such abnormalities. Treatment options include pain management and supportive measures, such as weight-bearing casts or special shoes. Fortunately, Kohler disease may resolve on its own within six months to two years. Even so, early intervention to alleviate discomfort and support natural healing is encouraged. If your child is limping, or otherwise exhibits symptoms that signal pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a full exam, diagnosis, and treatment options. 

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Paul A. Santangelo, DPM of Illinois. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

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

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