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Palm Beach Podiatry

Taking Care of Your Child’s Foot Needs As If He Were Our Own

Keeping your child out of pain is your number one priority—and the number one priority for any parent. Unfortunately, it is sometimes difficult to understand where the pain is coming from, let alone what is causing it.

However, not only can we help diagnose your child’s pain, but we also have the capabilities to treat it as well. No matter how old he is, from newborn to toddler to adolescent and beyond, if his feet are bothering him, we can help find the cure.

Common Pediatric Foot Problems

Children can be extremely susceptible to foot and ankle issues due to the fact that they’re always moving, their feet change size and shape rapidly as they grow, and they are somehow magnetized to dirt, grime, and unclean surfaces. As a result, children have the potential to acquire severe foot disorders and abnormalities that should immediately be addressed by a competent podiatrist.

Common problems include:

  • Toe walking. As children begin to take their first steps, the majority of them will attempt to walk on their tippy-toes instead of putting their feet flush against the ground. In some cases, this is due to a heightened sense of stability, while in other cases it is due to the balls of their feet being too rounded. Either way, toe walking is normal for a short period, but if not corrected, it can lead to fractured toes, deformed metatarsals, arch problems, and ankle instability

  • Flat feet. Most babies are born with flat feet, and they don’t develop a fully formed arch for two years or more. Now, this isn’t really a concern considering they don’t put pressure on their feet until they begin to walk. However, an estimated 20 to 30 percent of children fail to develop significant arches in one or both feet, causing them to remain flat-footed. If the issue isn’t corrected, these children will develop severe and painful foot, arch, ankle, and leg problems.

  • Pigeon toes. Pigeon toes, or in-walking, is when a child crawls or walks with his feet turned inward. This is common within children up to 18 months, but if it continues for a longer period of time, it could cause knee, ankle and foot problems later in life.

  • Sports injuries. More than 3.5 million children a year suffer some sort of foot or ankle injury due to an athletics-related activity. These injuries are generally minor, and due to the fact that children’s bones are softer and more pliable, proper treatment should cause the injury to have limited if any permanent effects. The key is getting proper treatment for the child promptly.

In addition, our youngest patients are also victims of common adult foot problems such as:

Foot Treatment for Your Little One

Although some podiatrists have limited tools and resources for caring for younger children, we believe that no matter what age, if you’re hurt, you need proper care to fix it as soon as possible. This is why we provide pediatric treatment options that include:

  • Diagnostic services (computer topography, ultrasounds, and more)

  • Pediatric orthotics

  • Splints, casts, and braces

  • Prescription shoes

  • Physical therapy

  • Pain management

  • Non-invasive procedures (laser therapy for fungus, cryotherapy wart removal, etc.)

  • Comprehensive parental guidance for shoe shopping and overall foot care

Let Us Help Your Child Take His First Steps Toward a Pain-Free Future

We know how frustrating and distressing it is to watch a child in pain. All of our patients are like family, so when you bring your child in, you’ll know that we’ll do our best to get him feeling better as soon as possible.

Now, considering how active your child is—or soon will be—don’t you think it’s important to practice proper foot care as soon as possible? We do! No child should have to suffer pain, embarrassment, or functional difficulty when there’s absolutely no need for him to do so. Contact us today to see how we can help your child proudly and reliably walk into his future without pain or instability.

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