My four year old (will be five in October) has been complaining of her feet hurting off and on for at least a few months. I thought it to be just growing pains at first, but today she asked when the weekend is and when she doesn't have to go to school anymore. I was concerned because she always talks about how much she loves school. She said she didn't want to go to school because they have "Dance Time" and she didn't want to do the dance time because her feet hurt.
I askd her if her feet hurt just sometimes and she said it is all the time. I also asked her if it is the bottom of the foot or what and she said it is the whole foot on both feet. She then went on to say her feet hurt when she stands or sits and no matter what shoes she is wearing or if she is barefoot. I have mentioned it to her pedi before but they also said it is probably growing pains.
I am concerned but don't know what it could be?
Answer by babyangelromero at 7:23 PM on Aug. 31, 2010
My son complained of similar pains. I just could not swallow the growing pain theory. I brought him to another doctor who finally got us a diagnosis of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. It was difficult at times but he has learned to live with his limitations. I would get a second opinion. My son is now a doctor, so do not think for a minute that your child will not be able to do whatever she wants to even with JRA. Keep us posted.
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