Metatarsus Adductus

Metatarsus Adductus is a problem in children (and occasionally adults) in which the forefoot is excessively adducted on the rearfoot

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Metatarsus Adductus (Podiatry Arena)
Metatarsus Adductus (PodiaPaedia)
Metatarsus Adductus (Foot Health Forum)
Metatarsus Adductus (Podiatry ABC)


Clubfoot is a congenital condition in which the foot at birth is in a plantarflexed, inverted and adducted position

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Clubfoot (Podiatry Arena)
Clubfoot (PodiaPaedia)
Clubfoot in the Newborn (Foot Health Friday)
Clubfoot (Foot Health Forum)
Clubfoot (DPM Podiatry)
Clubfoot (~ talipes equinovarus) (ePodiatry)

Kohlers Disease

Kohlers disease is a growth problem with the navicular bone in the foot that is most common around the age of 5 years.

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Kohlers Disease (Podiatry Arena)
Kohlers Disease (PodiaPaedia)
Kohlers Disease (Podiatry TV)
My Advice for Kohlers Disease (Running Injury Advice)
Pain on child arch ? (Podiatry Experts)
Kohlers Disease (Foot Health Forum)
Kohlers Disease (Dr the Foot Without the Dr)
Kohler’s Disease in Kids (Podiatry Ninja)

Growing Pains

Most cases of growing pains in the child are benign and they come right, but on rare occasions the symptoms are the same as some pretty nasty things, so for thos reason all cases of growing pains have to be taken seriously and properly investigated.

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Growing Pains (Foot Health Forum)
Growing Pains (Podiatry TV)
Growing Pains (PodiaPaedia)
Growing Pains (Podiatry Arena)
Growing Pains in Children (Podiatry Arena)
Night-time foot pain in children (Foot Health Forum)
Growing Pains? (Podiatry Experts)
Growing Pains in Children (iPodiatry)
Take Growing Pains in Kids Seriously (Foot Health Friday)
Growing Pains (Foot Health Guide)
Growing Pains in the Leg: Throwing the kitchen sink at growing pains

Congenital Vertical Talus

Congenital Vertical Talus is a severe cause of flat foot (or overpronation) in kids. The talus is almost vertically, pointing plantarly so that the navicular bone is articulating with the top of the head of the talus. Surgery is usually the only satisfactory treatment.

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Congenital Vertical Talus (Foot Health Forum)
Congenital Vertical Talus (Podiatry Arena)
Congenital Vertical Talus (PodiaPaedia)
C is for Congenital Vertical Talus (Podiatry ABC)

Calcaneal Apophysitis

Calcaneal Apophysitis is also called Severs Disease and is a common condition of the growth plate at the back of the heel bone in kids.The pain is present at the back and sides of the heel, usually worse after sports activity. As it is a problem with the growth plate, it will come right on its own as the child’s growth in the heel bone stops. It is most commonly treated with a cushioned heel inserts and is a self limiting problem that eventually comes right by itself.

This video from PodChatLive was a good discussion on Calcaneal Apophysitis with an expert in the topic for those who want a deep dive into the topic:

For other videos on Severs disease, see PodiatryTube.

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Calcaneal Apophysitis (Foot Health Forum)
Calcaneal Apohysitis or Stress fracture (Podiatry Arena)
Calcaneal Apophysitis (Podiatry Arena)
Calcaneal Apophysitis (PodiaPaedia)
Heel Pain in Children (Severs Disease; Calcaneal apophysitis) (ePodiatry)
Severs Disease or Calcaneal Apophysitis? (Croydon Total FootCare)

Oscon for Severs Disease

Severs disease or calcaneal apophysitis is a common problem causing pain in the heel of kids; it is an overuse type injury to the growth plate at the back of the heel bone. It is a self limiting problem that always comes right eventually when the growth in the heel bone stops. Several treatments have been advocated for it treatment. One of these is a dietary supplement called Oscon which consists of selenium and vitamin E. It is only supported by the use of testimonials and no clinical study has been done on it. It is not clear if it is worth trying or not as most children do get the minimum dietary requirements for Vitamin E and Selenium from their normal daily intake.

The best treatment for Severs disease is generally managing the activity levels and using a cushioned heel raise.

Most Useful Resources:
Oscon Supplements for Severs Disease (PodiaPaedia)
Discussion on Oscon and Severs (Podiatry Arena)
Does Oscon work for Severs disease? (Podiatry Experts)