What is pediatric foot care?
There are a number of congenital defects and issues that can affect little ones starting from birth. A podiatrist can intervene and provide treatments to ensure your child continues to develop healthfully. Pediatric foot care can involve diagnosing and treating:
- Heel pain
- Club foot
- Flat feet
- Athlete’s foot
- Plantar warts
- Ingrown toenails
- In-toe or out-toe walking
Pediatric foot care can also include treating an injury or trauma, like if your child sprained their ankle or broke a bone.
When should my child see a podiatrist?
As your child ages, they can voice their concerns and let you know if they’re experiencing pain or discomfort in their feet, so you know when it’s time to schedule a podiatric exam. But for little ones, it’s up to you to examine your child regularly and be aware of any abnormalities that may be experiencing.
We encourage you to bring your child in for an exam if your child:
- Isn’t walking by about 18 months
- Has flat feet after the age of seven
- Experiences difficulty standing or limited range of motion
- Has redness, swelling, or inflammation in their feet or ankles
Your child should also see a podiatrist if they have an injury that causes swelling, localized tenderness, limping or ongoing pain.
How are pediatric foot problems treated?
Treatment begins with a comprehensive evaluation which may include diagnostic imaging with x-rays. Conservative approaches to treatment are preferred whenever possible, including bracing, shoegear changes, custom orthotic fitting, physical therapy,and other techniques designed to help promote natural healing. In the cases when conservative options aren’t effective surgery may be recommended to avoid more serious problems from developing.
If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain or if you suspect there me be a problem contact us, and let us help get your child started off on the right foot.