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It’s almost that time of year again; time to head back to school! For any of you that have a daughter you know that going back to school is all about having the latest fashion, and having the newest and coolest shoes. A lot of girls are trying to be like famous girls they look up to like Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus. However, in all the photos we see of these girls that our daughters look up to they are wearing high heels, so of course middle school and high school girls insist on having a cute pair of heels for back to school. But is this good for your daughter’s feet?

The answer is simple, no! As a child or young adult, girls’ feet are still growing and are very susceptible to being deformed as they grow. There are many problems that can arise in your daughter’s feet from wearing heels; some of these problems include developing hammertoes, stress fractures and being more prone to sprained ankles. A majority of people with hammertoes are in older women who squish their toes into heels frequently; in a growing child’s foot the tendons that can create hammertoe are more likely to be moved into the position that creates this deformity. For any woman who has worn heels you know how easy it is step in a hole or just shift your balance and fall off the heel and sprain your ankle. In children the ankle ligaments are still growing and aren’t as strong as yours or mine so if they wear heels and twist their ankle in a weird way they are more likely to do serious damage to their ankle ligaments.

We all want our daughters to be happy when they go back to school, but high heels aren’t safe for young girls’ feet; however there are many types of flat shoes that are really cute and cool for your daughter to get ready for back to school! If you or your daughter needs more advice on the right shoes for back to school you can make an appointment with your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Edison and Monroe NJ today!

By Nrupa Shah

 

I’m sure most of you have never heard of a Salter Harris fracture before unless you, a sibling or one of your own children has had one. Salter Harris fracture is different from other common fractures because the fracture occurs at the growth plate; so that makes this fracture special to pediatric patients! There are 9 types of this fracture, 5 are more common, and 4 of them are very rare. We will discuss the 5 more common types. Type I is a transverse fracture through the growth plate, this fracture basically separates the bone in two by splitting the growth plate. Type II is a fracture through the growth plate and through the “neck” part of the bone above the plate. This is the most common form seen! Type III is a fracture through the growth plate and the part of the bone below the plate. Type IV is a fracture through the growth plate and the “neck” above and the area below the plate. Type V is a compression fracture through the growth plate, the fracture doesn’t separate the bone in two like a Type I, the distance of the plate is reduced making the bone “shorter”.

Since the growth plate is involved in this fracture, your podiatrist's main concern will be figuring out how this will affect the growth of the child. For Type I and II growth disturbance is usually uncommon with no functional limitations. A Type III however usually results with the child having a chronic disability, but there is usually no growth deformity. A Type IV is similar to a Type III in the fact that is causes a chronic disability, but it also can cause a deformity of the joint because of the bones fusing together. Type V is a little more difficult to diagnose because the growth plate isn’t necessarily being fracture, it is being compressed. Since the growth plate is being compressed it can cause problems in growth for the child, it can cause the growth plate to fuse earlier than it normally would.

If your child falls and you think that they may have fractured one of their leg bones, make an appointment to visit one of the podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care, located in both Monroe and Edison, NJ to get a diagnosis! The only way to diagnose these fractures is by x-ray; and most of these fractures will require surgery to fix and rehab will be required to regain strength of the foot and leg.

By Varun Gujral