As a parent, you know it’s important that your child is happy and healthy. There’s no exception when it comes to your child’s feet.
Foot and ankle problems can stop your child from enjoying his or her favorite activities. Your daughter might not be able to play soccer or dance in the ballet. Your son might stay off the Little League football team or out of the marching band. When foot pain prevents your child from enjoying his or her youth, working with a podiatrist can help.
Common Children’s Foot and Ankle Problems
We understand that visiting the doctor is not something your child wants to do. It might be a struggle to bring your child to our office. After just one visit, we’ll change that.
Our unrivaled service makes trips to our children’s podiatrists enjoyable and effective. Your child will get fast care without pain and will enjoy getting to rejoin his or her favorite activities.
Here are some of the common pediatric foot and ankle problems we treat:
A clubfoot happens when the sole of the foot is twisted in a way that stops your child from being able to put his feet on the ground. This can cause your child to walk on the side of his feet, putting their joints at risk. It can also impact their posture.
Your child is growing and developing. Treat clubfoot early so that his foot grows properly instead of becoming permanently injured.
Nail and Skin Problems
Children are constantly tossing off their shoes to play in the sand on the playground or running around in the yard barefoot. Most of the time this is fine, but if their skin becomes damaged, they could be at risk of an infection.
The same is true when nails are not properly cut. Ingrown toenails can cause your child to get an infection in his or her toes. They are painful and could make it difficult for your child to play.
Visiting a pediatric podiatrist relieves skin and nail problems, keeping your child’s feet healthy and active.
Did your child’s foot start to develop without a strong arch? It might not seem like a major problem, but flat feet in children can cause serious injuries. These injuries include ankle sprains and plantar fasciitis.
Talk to a podiatrist about your child’s flat feet. Fixing this problem might be as simple as buying your child a new pair of shoes. Without fixing the problem, your child could be at risk of a more serious injury.
Heel pain is a common foot condition in both children and adults. There are many reasons for heel pain in children. One of the most common is Sever’s disease.
Sever's disease is caused by repetitive use of the foot. When your child plays, jumps, runs, or moves, the constant impact and repetitive movements could leave them in pain. Try squeezing on the side of your child’s heels. If it hurts, it’s time to see a podiatrist.
Other types of heel pain in children include plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. To know exactly what is causing your child’s heel pain, make an appointment with a podiatrist who specializes in pediatric care.
In-toeing or Out-toeing
When your child’s toes point inward or outward excessively, it’s called in-toeing or out-toeing. This is usually the result of a neurological or skeletal disorder.
When you notice this condition, mark down as much information as you can. This includes monitoring your child’s gait and stance, noting when you first saw the in-toeing or out-toeing, and any other details. Then schedule an appointment with your podiatrist. This could be a sign of a more serious condition so it’s important to see a doctor.
Call Us at the First Sign of Abnormality
The first time you see something a little bit different with your child’s foot, call us. The earlier we treat your child’s foot injury, the more likely it is that the injury won’t permanently impact them.
Contact us to schedule your appointment with one of our pediatric podiatrists.