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Foot, Heel & Ankle Pain

Foot, heel and ankle pain in children are common. More information is given in the 'Causes of foot, heel and ankle pain' section.

Key points (and common pitfalls !!)

The photograph shows a non-mobile rigid flat foot. The differential includes tarsal coalition or inflammatory arthritis.

The radiograph below shows fusion of bones between the calcaneum and mid foot (arrow) - this is tarsal coalition but radiographs can be normal (cartilaginous bar may be seen on Computerised Tomography)

 

The photograph shows a flat left foot held in valgus. There is also a swollen left knee, valgus left knee, muscle wasting of left leg quadriceps due to untreated Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

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