If you notice your son or daughter limping or struggling to walk, it may point to a more serious underlying health problem. Diagnosing and treating these issues early on is a critical component of living a happy, healthy life. At Foot & Ankle Specialty Center in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, the board-certified podiatrists specialize in treating pediatric foot conditions. Call or use the online booking tool to make an appointment for your child today.
Foot problems are incredibly common in young children due to the rapid growth and development of their bodies. Unfortunately, many small children cannot express pain or discomfort and have trouble communicating clearly.
As the parent of a young child, it’s important to watch for potential abnormalities in gait or posture during crawling, walking, or play. Even though many childhood foot problems heal on their own, it’s recommended you consult with a pediatric podiatrist if you suspect something is amiss.
You may want to schedule an exam for your child at Foot & Ankle Specialty Center if you notice any of the following problems:
It’s also important to address sports-related ailments and injuries like sprains, blisters, shin splints, and heel pain.
Any discomfort that lasts for more than a day or two and doesn’t improve with rest and over-the-counter medication requires the attention of a trained and experienced podiatrist.
Children are just as susceptible as adults to common foot problems. However, high levels of physical activity and a developing body often make symptoms worse. The team at Foot & Ankle Specialty Center regularly works with children who suffer from:
An ingrown toenail occurs when your nail grows into the skin surrounding it. Children and teens are especially vulnerable, as they’re very active and tend to wear tight-fitting shoes.
Flat feet are described as feet with little or no arch. In some cases, flat feet cause no problems. Other times, they cause chronic pain and difficulty walking.
If your child has a small, bumpy growth on their foot with a black dot in the center, it’s probably a plantar wart. Experts aren’t sure why children are so susceptible, but it’s believed they haven’t yet built up an immunity to the HPV virus.
At your child’s first pediatric podiatrist appointment, the expert team performs a thorough physical exam and asks questions about their medical history. Depending on the symptoms your child is experiencing, your provider may ask them to stand still or move around.
If the cause of your child’s discomfort isn’t obvious, the team can also order tests such as an X-ray or MRI to further investigate.
Once the team pinpoints the source of your child’s problems, they can prescribe a variety of treatments, including orthotic devices, prescription medications, new shoes, or physical therapy.
If you’re concerned about your child’s mobility, call Foot & Ankle Specialty Center or book an appointment online today.