Pediatric problems can develop quickly, but are easily resolved.
Young people who have foot problems can develop many different types of problems from walking and running to self-esteem issues and even embarrassment. If you suspect that your child has foot or ankle problems, it’s in your child’s best interests to see a doctor to diagnose and resolve the problem.
Many children’s foot problems can be easily resolved. Ensuring that you see a doctor you trust is the first step in ensuring problems don’t follow your children into their adult years.
How a Foot Specialist Consultation Diagnoses Pediatric Problems
When you come into our office, we’ll give your child a complete examination that involves taking a complete medical history and performing an orthopedic evaluation of the feet and ankles. Many childhood podiatric conditions are not painful, but can damage feet. We an provide treatment for a variety of foot deformities, injuries and common foot problems.
Common Children’s Foot Problems
Foot problems may appear at birth, or shortly thereafter. Abnormal walking is often the first sign that something is wrong with your child’s feet. Problems aren’t restricted to just babies and toddlers as abnormalities can develop as your child grows, even into his or her teen years. Even problems generally considered to afflict older people can develop in children and adolescents. Here are some of the most common.
Heel pain can result from an abnormality in heel bone growth and often manifests itself as a limp because it hurts the child to walk. When this occurs, the area becomes inflamed. Other causes can include include a fracture, bone tumor, bursitis or infection.
In-Toeing or Out-Toeing
Pigeon-toed is the more common term for in-toeing, which may be due to a structure issue in the foot or come from the leg or hips. Out-toeing is the reverse, with the toes pointing outward and is also a structural problem. Both problems are easy to correct when caught early. If you suspect one of these problems, bring your child into our office for an examination.
Some children, particularly toddlers, walk on their toes or on the front of their feet instead of putting their heels down. Several conditions can cause this habit, including a bone abnormality, a neurological issue or a short Achilles tendon. Most of the time it’s the latter, which can be easily treated.
Flat feet, which occurs when feet have little or no arch, is one of the most common problems. If left untreated, it can lead to a variety of foot, ankle and leg problems. The condition is treated via orthotics custom-made to your child’s foot and place inside shoes.