Parents seldom worry about pediatric foot care until something goes wrong. A congenital deformity may appear, your child might have an odd gait, or like many active kids, they could suffer a sprain or fracture. When your child has any type of foot problem, the experienced podiatrists at Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists can help. The team works with many children, ensuring their feet stay strong and healthy throughout childhood and beyond. If you have questions about your child’s feet, call the office in Mission Viejo or Laguna Hills, California, or schedule an appointment online today.
Children develop many of the same foot problems as adults, yet they need different treatments. They also have different types of foot and ankle conditions because of their growing bones.
When children suffer an ankle fracture, they’re more likely to damage the growth plate than break the bone.
Sever’s disease, the most common cause of heel pain in children, occurs when the growth plate in the heel becomes inflamed. Growth plate injuries demand careful attention to ensure they don’t affect your child’s growth and physical development.
Children can end up with a wide range of foot and ankle conditions. Congenital problems arise from genetic issues, but they may not be evident right at birth. Some conditions don’t appear until your child reaches adolescence; others occur due to injuries or problems as children grow.
Some of the most common pediatric foot conditions include:
Children also suffer from sports injuries. Though they may sustain an acute trauma like a fracture, children often end up with overuse injuries when they repeat the same activities and movements. In addition, children’s growing bodies put them at a higher risk of overuse injuries than adults.
Children have the same classic symptoms as adults, including:
However, children may display other signs of a foot problem. For example, they may stop participating in their usual activities or frequently fall.
The team at Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists naturally connects with kids and makes them feel at ease. They slowly and gently examine their feet, talk with them, explain as appropriate for their age, and do their best not to cause any pain.
Ultimately, your child’s treatment needs depend on their diagnosis, age, and symptoms. Those variables represent too many possible treatments to list them all here.
If you have questions about your child’s feet, call Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.