Don’t assume your child will just “grow out” of foot problems.
For a parent, watching a child struggle with pain or difficulty walking can be scary and confusing. Parents are often told that the child “will grow out of it,” but aren’t really given a timeframe or any direction on how to help along the process. While it is true that some pediatric foot issues resolve with time, it is more often the case that preventative and supportive treatments started early will give the child the best chance of healthy and normal development.
Pediatric foot and ankle issues can be separated into two basic categories depending on the onset of the problem. There are issues that the child is born with and issues that can develop over time. Routine screenings done by pediatricians soon after birth catch the majority of the issues present at birth. Problems that develop more slowly can be more difficult to catch, and are often first noticed by the parents when the child begins walking.
The highly-trained podiatrists at Anderson Podiatry Center can identify problems affecting your child’s hips, knees, ankles, and feet. We check for any limited or excessive motion, pain, weakness, or misalignment and determine severity and a course of treatment by involving you and your child in the diagnostic process.
We can treat most childhood foot and ankle issues with exercise or therapy to strengthen weak muscles, loosen tight joints, or correct imbalances.
For those issues that do not respond to exercise and therapy alone, we typically recommend:
- Limiting types of shoes
- In very few cases: surgery
We are able to fit your child for most orthotic devices in our office and monitor their development as they grow and progress.
Don’t wait another day hoping your child’s issue will resolve on its own.
- We involve the entire family as well as your child in the diagnostic process to ease fears and reduce anxiety
- Long-lasting relief is our goal
- We treat the underlying cause of issues, not just the symptoms
- Most insurance plans accepted