Pediatric Foot & Ankle
Specializing in Children's Foot Pain, Care, & Treatment
Mikkel Jarman, DPM Phoenix Pediatric Podiatrist
Meet Dr. Jarman with Pediatric Foot & Ankle
Meet Dr. Mikkel Jarman, a pediatric podiatrist practicing in the Phoenix Metropolitan area of Gilbert, Arizona. Dr. Jarman specializes in treating the unique needs of children’s feet. Common foot ailments in children include Sever’s disease (heel pain), flat feet, and toe walking.
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Why We Do What We Do...
Like most kids his age, Jackson is an active boy. That is, until he began experiencing serious heel pain which was effecting not only his soccer playing but his everyday life A friend of Jackson’s from school recommended Dr. Jarman with Pediatric Foot & Ankle. Jackson’s mom scheduled an appointment. After a thorough physical, Dr. Jarman recommended custom shoe orthotics and now Jackson is pain free and able to play soccer again! Here is his story.
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.
Dr. Mikkel Jarman specializes in diagnosing and treating problems affecting children and infants’ feet with experience, care, and patience.
Susan was at a friend’s birthday party when a recliner tipped over and a piece of metal wedged into her foot. Susan shares this experience and how Dr. Jarman kept her involved in all of the decisions and would speak to her directly instead of through her mom about her treatment options. This really made her feel respected and put her at ease. Susan’s mom was also appreciative of Dr. Jarman’s approach and impressed at how he was able to clearly explain all of her options and what each entailed.
When Ryan first began feeling pain in his left heel he didn’t think too much about it. As time went by, the heel pain became more frequent and painful and he and his parents knew it was time to see a doctor.
They met with Dr. Jarman who performed a comprehensive initial exam including xrays which did confirm that Ryan had Sever’s disease. Regardless of how menacing the name sounds, Sever’s disease is a common enough affliction of the heel that happens to many kids (The ABCs of Sever’s Disease).
In this video Ryan and his parents share their story about his treatment for Sever’s disease, and the results.
Common children's foot and ankle conditions treated by a pediatric podiatrist include:
Childrens Foot and Ankle Conditions:
- Ailments from the ankle down
- Congenital deformities of the ankle and foot in newborns, such as clubfoot
- Bone and joint deformities in the foot and ankle
- Sprains and fractures of the foot and ankle
- Puncture wounds, foreign bodies, and abscesses in the foot and ankle
- Skin and soft tissue problems, including ingrown toenails, soft tissue masses, plantar warts, athlete’s foot, and fungal toenails
- Monitoring foot growth and development
- Measuring the child for correct shoe size
Common Problems That Affect Children’s Feet
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.
Pediatric Podiatry: Gentle Care and Treatment of Children's Feet in the Greater Phoenix Area
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.