Keeping a close eye on your child’s feet and legs during development is crucial for preventing more significant problems in their future. At Complete Foot & Ankle in Ridgewood and Newark, New Jersey, podiatrists Jacob Reinkraut, DPM, FACFAS, Michelle Suh, ABPM; Danny Gomez, DPM, FACFAS; and Meagan Coleman, DPM, AACFAS can help ensure your child’s feet and legs are developing correctly. If you notice abnormalities in the way your child walks, call Complete Foot & Ankle or book an appointment online today.
Pediatric Podiatry Q & A
Why should children see a podiatrist?
Foot problems are very common in young children due to the rapid growth and development during this phase of life combined with the complex structure of the foot. Because children are often unable to communicate specific problems, observing their movement for any abnormalities is crucial to detecting problems in their feet.
Since children have hyperflexible feet and are much more experimental with their movements than adults, they have many opportunities for injury. Many childhood foot problems correct themselves, but it’s better to receive a proper diagnosis first.
When should my child see a podiatrist?
You may need to take your child to Complete Foot & Ankle for an exam if you notice any of the following signs and symptoms:
- Complaints of pain in the feet or legs
- Moving more slowly than before
- Losing balance more than usual
- Claiming that shoes hurt
- Constantly walking on tiptoe
- Walking with toes pointed inward or outward
- Walking bowlegged
- Wounds, growths, or disfigurations on the feet
What foot problems affect children?
The same kinds of problems that affect adults can plague children’s feet as well. Some of the most common foot problems in children include:
- Infection from wounds or ingrown toenails
- Plantar warts on the bottoms of feet
- Achilles tendonitis
- Flat feet
- Growing pains in the heel and ankle
- Plantar fasciitis
- Fractures and sprains
How does a pediatric podiatrist treat children?
First, the Doctors perform a physical exam and ask questions about your child’s medical history. They may observe your child’s feet and legs while they’re standing or moving around. They may require additional tests, such as an X-ray, to confirm a diagnosis.
Depending on your child’s condition, the doctors prescribe treatment, which may include:
- Stretching and physical therapy
- New shoes
- Orthotic devices
- Prescription creams or medicines
If you notice changes in your child’s posture or walk, call Complete Foot & Ankle or book an appointment online today.