Children are typically very active. With this increased activity, injuries are going to happen. When there is a severe injury to the foot or ankle, your podiatrist should be seen to make sure there is not an injury to the growth plate.
What is the growth plate? The long bones in the body grow, become larger over time as the kids grow. The growth plate is at the end of the bone and allows this growth to occur until maturity when the growth plate is now incorporated into the bone and growth ceases. During the growth period, this area of the bone is softer than regular bone and can become injured.
Injuries and accidents happen in children. This can cause a separation, compression, deformity or angulation of the growth plate. This can result in growth disturbances as the child grows. That is why it is important to have your kids evaluated and treated. Left untreated, this can cause an abnormality in the length or angulation of the bone growing and cause the child problems for the rest of their life. The changes which occur due to an injury can be subtle and need the expertise of your podiatrist.