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We focus heavily on pediatrics as children offer an opportunity to make a huge difference in a person’s life in many ways. It’s often in the form of helping a young athlete who is having pain to their feet, ankles, knees, hips or back with running. With childhood obesity rates rising, it’s never been more important to remove the wear and tear pain that can discourage athletic participation. It’s important to ask the reluctant athlete pointed questions as many times they won’t verbalize that their pain is the reason for avoidance of activity. Establishing an active lifestyle early is critical for putting children on course for maintaining that fitness level throughout their lives. Many aches and pains are easily eliminated making athletics much more enjoyable. We routinely see children that are taking regular anti-inflammatories to manage pain associated with organized sports. This is an undue risk to take in a young person and in many cases masks pain, which is an important signal of wear and tear joint damage.
Children are a product of the parent’s genetic code. A close look at family history will often reveal patterns that allow us to minimize risk of pain and deformity for the young athlete.
Pain to the feet, ankles, knees, hips and/or back that increases with activity and is not linked to a specific traumatic event is most likely related to biomechanical issues. Most of these issues are easily managed if detected early. Once wear and tear has progressed, we can only hope to slow progression.