A fairly common indication happens during youth sports. If you’ve ever seen young kids playing soccer, there’s often a pack of players all around the ball. This pack will continue to chase the ball up and down the field – even if the coach is trying to get some of them to stay on defense or have offensive players spread out the field.
Children who have an existing foot problem get tired more quickly than kids with healthy lower limbs. These young athletes are more likely to stop following the pack, have a seat, and start playing with the grass or any dandelions that have grown on the field.
In addition to getting tired more quickly, you may observe bulging on the inside of the ankle or check for tenderness in the Achilles tendon. A gentle squeeze should not be a source of pain, so it’s an indication of a problem if doing this is painful for your child.
A big reason behind child foot problems tends to be gait problems. Many times, these are hereditary in nature. So you just need to look at your foot structure and gait pattern—along with how your spouse, parents, and in-laws walk—and you can have a rough idea as to whether your children will have issues. A child’s grandparents are especially prophetic in this regard. You can think of them as being a crystal ball showing the future for your son or daughter.