Pediatric Podiatrist in Greater Cleveland, OH

Podiatry Inc.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.

Pediatric Care

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.

Common Conditions

Our physicians specialize in a wide range of issues that require pediatric care, from the simple to the complex. Some common conditions include:

  • Ingrown Toenail – When the corner of a toenail grows into the skin around it, children can experience sharp pain that can even affect their ability to walk.
  • Warts – Warts on the feet, especially plantar warts, can cause children great pain and can spread without treatment. A pediatric podiatrist can remove warts.
  • Flat Feet – This condition in which the foot does not arch, is both common and hereditary. People with this problem may experience pain, and they might have trouble balancing. Adding arch supports to shoes can reduce pain and improve walking issues.
  • Growth Plate Injuries – Growth plates are areas of growing tissue on the ends of children’s bones. With an injury like a broken bone or sprain, the growth plate on the bones may stop producing tissue, causing the bone to stop growing normally as the child grows, which can lead to a deformity. Treatment options include immobilization, therapy, surgery, and long-term follow-up by a podiatrist.
  • Clubfoot – This deformity is present at birth. Treatment could involve casting the baby’s foot or feet and then having him or her wear corrective shoes for several years.

Pediatric Foot Care and Tips

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.

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