Pediatric Foot Care
It’s estimated that the average person will walk about 100,000 miles—or more—by the time they reach 80 years old. Kids and teens are just barely starting out on that journey, and have a long road ahead.
But will those be happy, pain-free miles?
Contrary to popular belief, foot problems aren’t just an “adult” problem. Kids can develop most of the same issues, and even a few that are unique to childhood. And if some of those foot problems aren’t addressed early, they could have a lasting effect throughout a child’s life, well into adulthood.
At Burlington County Foot & Ankle Associates, we want to make sure your little one sets off on the right foot! Taking your child to the podiatrist when they have any foot concerns will not only help them return to comfortable activity sooner, but also help ensure they remain on a great trajectory for a lifetime of healthy feet!
Common Foot & Ankle Issues in Childhood
We love working with kids at Burlington County Foot & Ankle Associates, and our doctors are highly trained to provide compassionate, gentle, and effective care for a wide range of pediatric foot concerns. Some conditions we see regularly in kids include:
- Sports injuries. Most kids get plenty of bumps and bruises here and there, but foot and ankle injuries that cause more difficult-to-manage pain should always be addressed promptly. Failure to treat injuries such as chronic heel pain or ankle sprains can put your child at increased risk of future injuries, chronic instability, and even post-traumatic arthritis.
- Flat feet. Many kids don’t actually develop a permanent arch until around kindergarten or first grade. While usually this resolves on its own, keep a close eye on your child. If they show any signs of pain or discomfort, or flat feet persist beyond age 5, bring your child in for a checkup. If it turns out that there’s a more serious problem causing their flat feet, we want to catch and treat it as early as possible to help avoid long-term issues.
- Other foot or gait abnormalities. No one expects a toddler’s first steps to be perfectly graceful. But if your child shows signs of abnormal gait mechanics—such as toes that point inward or outward, walking on tiptoes, walking with bowed legs, limping, etc.—it’s always wise to schedule a check-up.
- Ingrown toenails. Kids may be especially prone to ingrown nails for a variety of reasons, including the fact that they’re constantly bumping their feet and constantly outgrowing their shoes! Constant ingrown toenails, however, could be a sign of a genetically inherited predisposition to the condition. Fortunately, we can treat them quickly, safely, and nearly painlessly.
- Plantar warts. Kids are highly prone to contracting foot warts, since they’re more likely to come into contact with the virus that causes them and their underdeveloped immune systems can’t always shut the invaders out. Our Swift treatment for warts is especially great for kids, since it’s virtually painless and doesn’t require any bandaging or other aftercare.
Comprehensive and Compassionate Care for Your Child’s Feet
We know that a visit to the doctor’s office can be filled with anxiety—for children and parents alike. We’ve got kids of our own. We’ve been there!
Rest assured that our whole team loves working with kids of all ages, and we work hard to make the experience as calm, compassionate, and welcome as possible for the entire family. We’ll always take as much time as necessary to answer any questions or concerns, explain your child’s condition in terms everyone can understand, and walk you through the ins and outs of any treatment recommendations we provide.
We will also support you with the critical information and guidance you need to make sure your child’s feet continue to develop along a healthy trajectory. That includes everything from shoe shopping advice, to exercise and stretching suggestions, to toenail trimming tips and much more.
Nothing is more important than your child’s health! If your little one tells you their feet hurt—or you notice any worrying signs, like limping or withdrawing from physical activity—take it seriously and give us a call. We can provide effective treatment remedies if they’re necessary, and peace of mind if they are not!
To schedule an appointment for you and your child, give us a call at (609) 714-0052, or request an appointment using our online form.
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