Pediatric Foot Care

What is Pediatric Foot Care?

Pediatric foot care focuses on the evaluation, treatment, and prevention of foot and ankle issues in children. Children’s feet are constantly growing and developing, making them susceptible to a unique set of conditions such as flat feet, in-toeing, or congenital deformities. Proper care is crucial as early childhood is a critical period for ensuring proper foot alignment, strength, and function. Pediatric foot care aims to address these issues promptly and effectively, ensuring healthy development and preventing future complications.

5 Common Pediatric Foot Conditions:

  • Flat Feet: The absence of a visible arch when standing.
  • In-toeing/Out-toeing: Feet turning inward or outward when walking.
  • Sever’s Disease: Heel pain caused by inflammation of the growth plate.
  • Plantar Warts: Viral infections on the bottom of the feet.
  • Ingrown Toenails: Toenails that have grown into the surrounding skin, causing pain and sometimes infection.

Common Treatments for Pediatric Foot Issues:

Effective pediatric foot care involves a range of treatments tailored to the child’s specific condition and developmental stage.

  • Orthotic devices to correct alignment and support growth
  • Physical therapy to strengthen muscles and improve coordination
  • Bracing or casting for more severe deformities
  • Surgical interventions for structural abnormalities
  • Guidance on proper footwear to support developing feet

Pediatric foot care is essential for ensuring children can grow, play, and explore without limitations or discomfort. At Ankle and Foot Sports Medicine Institute, we understand the importance of addressing foot and ankle issues early in life. Our dedicated team is committed to providing compassionate, specialized care to support the healthy development of your child’s feet. If you have concerns about your child’s foot health or notice any troubling symptoms, we encourage you to request an appointment. Together, we can lay the foundation for a lifetime of healthy movement and activity.