A pediatric podiatrist understands the complexities of a child’s or infant’s feet and ankles. At Pediatric Foot & Ankle, we specialize in both treating and preventing children’s foot ailments. Thanks to their rapid growth, a child’s foot care differs significantly from an adult’s.
We always recommend parents consult with a pediatric podiatry specialist to treat their child’s foot ailment. When left unchecked, pain and other issues can lead to your child developing hip and back problems and possibly obesity.
Childrens Foot and Ankle Conditions:
Many of the foot conditions that affect adults, such as flat feet, plantar warts, ingrown toenails, and heel pain, affect children as well. However, a child’s rapid development coupled with their more active lifestyle results in some of these conditions occurring more frequently or taking on different characteristics compared to adults. For example, normal bone and muscle growth may result in heel pain or flat feet. Increased time on their feet also makes children and adolescents more likely to develop warts and ingrown toenails.
When children have strong, healthy feet, it helps them avoid a variety of lower body issues in adulthood. To protect them, have your child’s feet examined periodically.
Finally, pay close attention if your child complains that their foot, ankle, or heel hurts. Also, look for signs of pain, such as your child no longer wanting to run or be active. Very young children don’t always tell us when something hurts. If your child takes dance lessons or plays sports, foot injuries and pain are common.
The team at Pediatric Foot & Ankle is highly experienced in treating children’s foot problems. Whether the issue has been present since birth or is an acute injury, we can help.
We treat many children and teenagers whose foot problems prevented them from participating in dance or sports. With proper diagnosis and treatment, these children can once again participate in their favorite activities and develop healthy habits that last a lifetime.
Gentle care and treatment of children’s feet. Contact Dr. Mikkel Jarman – Pediatric Podiatrist, Phoenix area in Gilbert, Arizona specializing in heel pain, flat feet, and other foot problems – ankle pain, foot pain ailments, or congenital deformities of the foot or ankle.