Kohler’s Disease, which typically occurs in children between 3 and 7 years of age, is a rare bone disease which affects the tarsal navicular bone in the foot. This boat-shaped bone connects the ankle with the lower bones in the feet. In Kohler’s Disease, this bone suddenly loses its blood supply causing it to degenerate. The child usually feels pain and tenderness along the arch and there may be swelling and redness. It is popularly believed that Kohler’s disease may be caused by strain or injury to the navicular and its blood vessels before the bone becomes completely hardened. The good news is that the navicular bone usually recovers and regains its density, size, and structure within time. However, until such time, the child may limp or walk on the side of the affected foot to compensate for the pain they experience while walking. A podiatrist can diagnose Kohler disease in your child and ease their pain with special supportive shoes and, or orthotics, casting, and pain relievers.
Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Kenneth J. D'Ortone, DPM of Center for Foot and Ankle Excellence. 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 office located in Philadelphia, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.Read more about What to Do to Keep Your Child’s Feet Healthy