Checklist for Children’s Foot Problems


Summer is flying by, and here at Goldsmith Podiatry, we want to remind parents to take the time before school starts to make sure your children’s feet are healthy. Below is a checklist of items to evaluate.

Foot Pain

Growing pains are a myth! Pain is never “normal” and should be diagnosed and treated promptly. Sometimes younger children may not tell you directly that their feet hurt, but parents can pick up clues from behavior. Have you noticed any of the following signs?

  • Walking on tip toes or another odd gait

  • Sitting on the side while other children are engaged in active play

  • Lagging behind friends when running and playing outside

  • Expressing a lack of interest in physical activities they have previously enjoyed

These may all be indicators of foot pain or discomfort.

Shoe Trouble

Foot pain may be related to shoe issues. Children’s feet grow fast. Be sure to check regularly that their toes are not bumping up against the front of the shoe. Sneakers and shoes that are worn out may have lost the support and cushioning necessary to protect young feet. Also, if your child has spent most of the summer in flip-flops, they may now have sore arches or aching heels due to the lack of support with these popular summer shoes.

Fungal Infections/Warts

Summer means more time going barefoot, which increases the risk of infections that are transmitted by direct contact. Excessive itching, dry, red or flaky skin and blisters can all signal a case of athlete’s foot. Check for plantar warts as well. A small raised bump or cluster of bumps with pinpoints of black in the center is what to look for.


If your child sustained a sprained ankle or other podiatric injury within the last year, it’s important to ensure that it is fully healed and not causing your child any further pain or discomfort.

Our podiatrists, Dr. Howard Goldsmith and Dr. Rosanna Troia should be consulted if you suspect any of the above issues with your child’s feet. A podiatric checkup before the start of the new school year is a good idea. Contact our Upper West Side office by calling (212) 877-1002 to schedule an appointment.