Pediatric Foot Care
If you're the parent of a young child, it's important to know about pediatric foot care. You’ll want to ensure the doctor you see is able to provide the medical and surgical foot treatments your child may need. When it comes to your child's health, you can never be too careful.
Pediatric foot care is a specialized field, so there are a limited number of doctors trained and experienced in this area. However, the board-certified surgeons at the Foot & Ankle Institute of New England are here to deliver the best foot care to your children. When you bring your child in to meet with one of our pediatric foot care experts, you’re taking the first step toward ensuring your child gets the best possible foot care.
Pediatric Conditions We Treat
We treat children and adolescents of all ages for a wide variety of medical conditions that affect the feet, ankles, toes, and legs. These conditions include:
- Ankle sprains
- Athlete’s foot
- Crossover toes
- Diabetic foot
- Foot pain or swelling
- Gait abnormalities and complications
- Growth plate injuries
- Heel pain
- In-toeing (pigeon toes)
- Out-toeing (duck foot)
- Plantar fasciitis
- Plantar warts
- Shin splints
- Tendon injuries
- Toenail disorders (ingrown toenails, fungal infections, etc.)
How to Know If Your Child Needs to See a Foot and Ankle Doctor
Signs and symptoms of a foot or ankle problem may show up differently in children than in adults. Parents should be on the lookout for the following, which may indicate the need to see a foot and ankle doctor:
- Difficulty with balance; increased falls
- Embarrassment about showing their feet
- Suddenly refraining from formerly enjoyable activities
- Foot appearance is abnormal (swollen, discolored) or doesn’t match the other foot
Medical & Surgical Foot Care for Children & Teens
The pediatric foot care we offer at the Foot & Ankle Institute of New England includes both medical and surgical treatment options. The exact course of treatment will depend on the specific condition being treated.
In some cases, nonsurgical options such as orthotics, medications, and physical therapy may be recommended. Customized orthotics are especially valuable when treating children because orthotics can help stabilize and better align their feet, posture, and gait – while they are still developing. This can help prevent future problems and may prevent or delay the need for surgery.
In other cases, surgery may be necessary to correct a problem. When surgery is required, having the expertise of pediatric foot care specialists will ensure the delicacy required when treating children’s feet. For example, children’s feet are still developing and often feature underdeveloped bones, muscles, and ligaments. Our pediatric orthopedic surgeons at the Foot & Ankle Institute of New England will consider all these factors and develop the right treatment plan for you.
Pediatric Foot Care in RI, MA
At the Foot & Ankle Institute of New England, we offer the full range of services that your child may require. Do you have any questions about pediatric foot care?
Call the office nearest you: in Warwick, Rhode Island, Middletown, Rhode Island, or Fall River, Massachusetts to get started. You can also submit your request for an appointment now.