When children experience foot problems, a pediatric podiatrist can offer treatment with gentle compassion. From recognizing simple conditions like warts and ingrown nails, to more complex conditions like growth plate injuries and flat feet, we have specialists for each.
Pursuing a specialist for a child’s foot issues is beneficial for several reasons. As in adults, children’s foot problems will likely grow worse without prompt treatment. From correcting issues present at birth to treating potentially serious problems such as growth plate injuries, addressing children’s and teenagers’ foot care needs may help prevent lifelong difficulties.
Your child will be brought into our office and treated with kindness and respect from the minute they walk in the door. Extra time will be given to explain the condition so both you and your child understand and make an informed decision on treatment options.
Our physicians specialize in a wide range of issues that require pediatric care, from the simple to the complex. Some common conditions include:
A baby’s first year is the most important one for foot development. At birth, a newborn’s feet are so soft that pressure can be enough to cause a permanent deformity. Consequently, baby feet should be kept free of restrictions. This means letting babies go barefoot as much as possible, even once they begin to walk, and being sure to swaddle them loosely.
When a toddler starts walking, parents should observe the gait to notice potential issues such as walking only on the toes or toes pointing too much in or out. Consulting a podiatrist in these situations could lead to early diagnosis of potential issues that may develop.
Children need comfortable shoes with wide toe boxes to allow toes to move freely. Parents must also monitor shoe fit to prevent sizing issues from too-small or too-large footwear. Constriction and injuries can occur when too-small shoes are worn. Wearing shoes that are too large can cause a child to walk in an unnatural fashion with toes curling to try to keep the shoes on the feet.
Consulting a pediatric podiatrist with Podiatry, Inc. helps address potential problems when they arise, which may prevent more serious issues from resulting. Schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists today.