If your child complains of foot and ankle pain or you notice they have an abnormal gait when they walk or run, expert podiatrist Eric Peters, DPM, can help. At his practice in White Plains, New York, Dr. Peters provides thorough pediatric foot care, including exams and consultations, to identify the root cause of your child’s pain and other symptoms. Call the office today or make an appointment online for expert pediatric foot care.
Children are just as prone to foot and ankle problems and injuries as adults. Pediatric foot care focuses on the needs of children, including the growth and development of the feet and ankles, lower extremity function, and general health of the skin and toenails.
Children can develop a wide range of foot issues, starting as early as birth. Some of the most common pediatric foot and ankle issues include:
Some children have curled third or fourth toes. It’s an inherited condition and usually affects both feet. The curl is usually flexible until the age of 12, and your podiatrist can correct the deformity with daily taping and pads.
Some children don’t develop arches on the bottoms of their feet. The abnormal pronation caused by flat feet can lead to gait problems and foot, ankle, knee, and back pain. When diagnosed early, your podiatrist can correct pediatric flat feet with custom orthotics.
Gait is how your foot and ankle move when you take a step. Some children have abnormal gaits that cause their feet to roll inward or out while they walk. Their toes might turn in toward each other (pigeon-toed) or splay out away from each other (duck-footed).
Gait problems cause abnormal stress throughout the body. Fortunately, your podiatrist can correct these issues with orthotics and physical therapy.
Sever’s disease is a common cause of pediatric heel pain caused by a growth plate injury on the heel. Growth plates are areas of cartilage at the ends of bones that allow growth but don’t calcify until late adolescence. A growth plate fracture can cause permanent deformity if not treated.
Children are also vulnerable to fungal infections, including athlete’s foot and toenail fungus. Your child can also pick up the infection that leads to warts. They can also develop painful ingrown toenails.
Make an appointment for your child if they complain of foot or leg pain, have an abnormal gait, or notice signs of an injury or infection. The podiatrists offer gentle care and can help your child feel comfortable and confident while they’re being treated.
The podiatrists offer state-of-the-art pediatric foot care ranging from medical treatments for infections and custom orthotics to procedures for ingrown toenails and other injuries. Your podiatrist creates a personalized treatment plan to address your child’s unique needs.
Call Eric Peters, DPM, today or make an appointment online for expert pediatric foot care.