Why See a Podiatrist?
The human feet contain nearly one-third of all the bones in the body, making them one of the most mechanically complex parts of our anatomy.
As a child develops, the feet go through several stages of maturity, from a softer structure at a young age to a more rigid structure with growth.
Many complications can occur from improper foot function making it important to screen children’s feet during development. Detecting problems early can prevent injuries, pain, discomfort, long-term developmental issues and even surgery. Untreated conditions can also negatively affect your child’s physical, social and psychological development. It is important not to assume your child will outgrow foot problems.
What is Normal?
Feet suffer a tremendous amount of force everyday and problems not addressed are likely to worsen over time. These are the warning signs that something is wrong:
- Painful Feet
- Complaints of tired feet
- Uneven shoe wear
- Tripping and falling
- Lack of Activity
Even if your child does not display any of the above symptoms, an assessment by your podiatrist provides an opportunity to prevent future issues.
Factors That May Case Foot Problems
- Weight Gain
- Overuse in sports
What Can be Done?
Your podiatrist can effectively diagnose and determine treatment needs of your growing child with a thorough examination. In some cases, working with your podiatrist to educate yourself may be all you need to do. Other times treatment may be a suitable solution.
Your Podiatrist May Recommend
- Stretching exercises
- Physical therapy
- Appropriately fitting shoes
- Increasing or reducing physical activity
- Orthotics – prefabricated or custom
What are Foot Orthotics?
Foot orthotics are corrective devices designed to control foot function and are inserted into shoes. By realigning foot and ankle bones to a more neutral position, natural foot development and function are usually restored. Orthotics can help improve poor functioning feet before long term problems occur.
If Your Child Has
- Heel Pain
- Sports Injuries
- Stress Fractures
- Flat Feet
- Ingrown Toenails
- Shin Splints
Ask Your Podiatrist
- What does it mean if my child has one of these conditions?
- Will my child outgrow it?
- Will this make my child more prone to injury?
- Are there negative lasting effects?
- Can the issue be corrected?
To get a proper diagnosis for your child, schedule an appointment. Your child’s feet are designed for life and we are here to take care of them.