Athletic Injuries in Kids

Getting your kids involved in sports is a great way to promote healthy living and establish a love for physical activity. The opportunities today are seemingly endless – basketball, football, soccer, lacrosse, swimming, tennis, gymnastics, cheerleading…and the list goes on. But as sports becomes competitive at younger ages and children start pushing themselves to win, injuries are becoming more common.

Growing Bodies

Children are more likely to be injured that older athletes, especially elementary school-aged kids, because their bones and bodies are still growing. They’re also less experienced and less coordinated, which can lead to trips and falls.


To lessen the chance of your child’s feet or ankles being injured, it’s important to make sure they have proper footwear. This isn’t an area where you want to scrimp – cleats from Wal-Mart might be cheap, but they probably won’t provide the support that your child’s growing feet need. We recommend purchasing athletic footwear from a store that specializes in that area, where the staff is trained to properly fit children’s shoes.


Make sure your child takes stretching seriously and understands the proper stretches for their sport of choice. If their coach does not focus on stretches, check online for stretching recommendations and work with your child before practice or games to get their stretches in.

If you need to take them to the emergency room for immediate treatment, call us for a follow-up appointment the next day. We can make sure your child heels properly to avoid future problems.

If you are experiencing foot pain, call our office or make an online appointment


Staff was extremely friendly and professional. They took us back immediately and no waiting for doctor to come in. Dr Settles-Carter was amazing with my little girl. She took her time and explained every detail to my daughter. As we were leaving my little girl said Dr Settles-Carter was the best doctor ever. Coming from a 10yr old.

Bert King

It took some work, and patience, but my feet are much better now. Dr. Freels worked with me to find exercises, and more importantly, the right shoe to wear. So nice not to dread going into work, for the pain of simply walking. Despite what another review here says, they've never tried to sell me any shoes there, have always left the choice up to me.

Robert Griffith

The staff was very courteous. However, the care provided by Dr. Carter and the staff in the back was exceptional! I finally had answers for my health concerns and issues and a course or plan of treatment including the costs of the services they provide. I especially liked the hours of operation...I can see a doctor for the treatment I need without having to use my personal and sick days! Love the flexibility. Lastly, the ambiance esthetics were relaxing and beautiful.

Bonnie Ogle Taylor

The entire staff at Lexington Podiatry was very welcoming and friendly. Jill went out of her way to make sure my daughter was taken care of. We appreciate being seen so quickly (it would have taken weeks to have seen an orthopedist for her foot injury). Now, she is on the road to recovery! Great office, thanks everyone!

Team Wade 24

Had a great experience! Everyone was very nice, it was clean, the doctor took time to listen to me. She showed me my x-rays and explained them to me. I would recommend them to family and friends.

Heather Purvis

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