If you are a parent of a young child, you have probably been watching the rate of their growth with total amazement – especially their feet! Young feet develop with incredible speed, sometimes requiring new shoes every 6 months or, in some cases, even less.
In addition to rapid growth, children’s feet sometimes present special issues that need professional attention. You’ll probably recognize there is a problem if you see your child begin to walk in a peculiar way or complain of foot pain. There are numerous conditions that only a professional can diagnose. If you have any concern about your child’s feet, please call us so that we can schedule a consultation and begin to discuss a treatment options.
One common foot problem is pediatric flatfoot. Sometimes the only symptom you might notice is how your child’s arch flattens out when standing or walking. This will likely disappear over time, but it should be monitored because it may become rigid and last well into adulthood. There are several treatments available to mitigate long-term effects, including orthotic devices and physical therapy.
Another condition is Sever’s Disease, an inflammation in the growth plate at the back of the heel. With professional diagnosis, it can usually be resolved in a few months once appropriate treatment regimen and conditioning exercises are established.
In-toeing, out-toeing and toe walking are also not terribly unusual. At first, you may see your child tripping because of this condition. He or she will likely outgrow these walking patterns as muscles and coordination develop, but it could also be a sign of nerve or muscle condition that should be monitored and addressed.
These are just a few foot-related problems your child could develop. There are other “any-age” problems that can surface as well. We are here to help and offer guidance so that you can make decisions that are best for your child. The important thing to remember is – do not diagnose your child’s foot abnormalities yourself. Your children’s feet are changing and growing every day. They are far too important to trust to home experimentation.
We can diagnose and help treat full range of foot abnormalities. We take the time to develop a treatment plan that is just right for your child. Scheduling an appointment with us is easy! Call us today!
* Each individual’s treatment and results will vary based on the circumstances, the patients’ specific situation, and goals.
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