Pediatric Foot Care Treatment in Passaic, NJ
What is pediatric foot care?
Just as adults can suffer from various foot-related conditions, growing feet may be susceptible to certain deformities and other conditions that affect the developing foot and relating structures. Pediatric foot care is aimed at providing appropriate treatment that is unique to the specific condition and needs of every child. Foot conditions that can occur in children or infants may include:
- Ingrown toenails
- Plantar warts
- Flat feet
- Heel pain
- Sever’s disease (calcaneal apophysitis)
- Achilles tendonitis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Metatarsus adductus (feet turned in)
- Tibial torsion (shinbone turned in)
- Femoral anteversion (feet and knees turned in)
- Toe walking
What causes pediatric foot conditions?
While the general structure of the foot develops within a child’s first two years of life, the foot does not stop growing and the bones do not fully solidify until around the age of 13. Because children feet are continuously growing and going through changes, they are vulnerable to some of the same foot conditions as adults, as well as other deformities and variations. Causes for pediatric foot conditions and deformities may include:
- Being born with or inheriting certain congenital variations of the foot
- Abnormal gait or walking patterns e.g., walking on the toes or walking with the feet bent inward
- Tight fitting shoes, which can cause deformations and permanent structural changes
- Shoes with poor shock absorption, flexibility, arch support, or ventilation
- Play and other high-impact physical activities that place stress on the foot
- Direct injury or trauma to the foot or relating structures
- Sweaty feet, which can wear down shoes or lead to foot fungus or other infections
- Poor foot hygiene, which can also encourage infection or abnormalities
- Incorrect nail trimming techniques, which can cause ingrown toenails
What are the symptoms of pediatric foot condition?
Because not all foot conditions and abnormalities are always easily detectable, and because children do not always vocalize pain, it is important to actively monitor and assess the health of your child’s feet to look for any potential signs and symptoms of foot-related problems. While symptoms will vary from condition to condition and from child to child, there are some general signs to look out for to ensure optimal pediatric development and provide early intervention and treatment where needed. Signs of pediatric foot conditions may include:
- Evident foot pain or difficulties when walking
- Ongoing abnormal gait or walking patterns
- Abnormal foot variations e.g., high arch, flat-footedness
- Swelling or redness of the foot
- Abnormal lesions or growths on the foot
How are pediatric foot conditions diagnosed?
If your child is experiencing any of the above symptoms, or if you believe your child may have a pediatric foot condition, an evaluation by an experienced doctor can help confirm a diagnosis. A medical evaluation will usually involve a review of your child’s medical history and symptoms, along with a physical exam of their foot. During the physical portion of the exam, your doctor will thoroughly examine the foot and may observe your child as they walk or perform other foot movements. To further analyze and assess your child’s foot structure and to confirm a diagnosis, additional testing may be recommended. Additional testing may include X-rays, MRIs, or other imaging tests.
How are pediatric foot conditions treated?
At Northeastern Foot & Ankle, whenever possible, we believe in providing pediatric foot care that utilizes nonsurgical treatment options that are unique to the needs of your growing child’s foot. Nonsurgical pediatric foot care may include:
- Proper-fitting shoes to allow the foot room and flexibility to grow and develop
- Physical therapy to help strengthen structures relating to the foot
- Proper-fitting socks to encourage good foot circulation
- Orthotics and custom devices to support the foot as needed
- Foot grooming and nail trimming to prevent ingrown toenails
- Daily foot washing to prevent fungus or other foot infections
- Rest, ice, compression, and elevation to help in healing certain foot injuries
If your child is experiencing symptoms of a podiatric condition, or if you would like to learn more about our available podiatric services and treatment, request an appointment with us today. Our friendly and accommodating staff provides prompt and punctual service and is dedicated to providing high-end, compassionate podiatric care. At Northeastern Foot & Ankle, board-certified podiatrist Dr. Khoury takes the time to carefully listen to and understand your medical and cosmetic concerns, recommending and providing the most appropriate treatment options paired with innovative and emerging technologies to help meet your podiatric needs. Call 973.473.6665 or scroll to the top of the page to request an appointment.