Remarkable Pediatric Foot Care for Your Child
Pediatric foot care is an important part of our practice here at Brook Valley Podiatry. We know that parents do not want their children to suffer from the pain or discomfort that accompanies many common foot and ankle conditions.
It is our goal to effectively treat the issues and, fortunately, we are often able to do so with the use of nonsurgical procedures.
Parents, especially new ones, can be quite concerned when a child who is just starting to walk exhibits signs of gait abnormalities. The most common forms are toe walking, out-toeing, intoeing, and limping. In many instances, these issues will resolve on their own, but we can provide any necessary assurances, monitor the situation, and provide treatment when necessary.
Feet change their shape as they grow and develop, but little feet that appear misshapen or out of alignment should be reviewed by a podiatrist, especially if there are any signs of discomfort. Children are often born with flat feet that may be flexible (which means the arch only disappears when bearing weight) or inflexible, and while treatment is not always necessary it’s extremely wise to get a check up early in order to be safe. Other potential foot deformities in kids include clubfoot (an extreme twisting of one or both feet at birth) and even juvenile bunions.
There are many potential causes of heel pain, but the most common one for children, especially adolescents, is Sever’s disease (calcaneal apophysis). In this condition, there is a discrepancy between the growth of the heel and the supporting soft tissues. The heel bone (calcaneus) grows more rapidly and this creates tension, especially on the Achilles tendon. Treatment for this particular issue is centered on pain management, and patients do not exhibit long-term effects.
An ingrown toenail condition is when the nail grows into the soft skin that flanks it. This is fairly common and can be the result of a couple of different causes, including improper trimming techniques, shoes that do not fit correctly, physical trauma, and inherited structure. When it comes to trimming nails, it is important to always clip toenails straight across—instead of rounding them—and even with the edge of the toe. Children shoes should be comfortable when purchased (do not plan on them stretching out) and have room for the child to freely wiggle his or her toes.
A key component of healthy development is physical activity.
Sports enable children to not only realize physical improvements in speed and strength, but also to develop social skills and traits that will benefit in other areas of life.
Unfortunately, athletic events also pose the risk of injury. Common ones include sprained ankles, stress fractures, and growth plate injuries in the foot bones. RICE treatment (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) is usually quite effective, but you should still schedule an appointment for a proper evaluation.
If your son or daughter complains of itching or burning sensations on his or her feet, it is likely that athlete’s foot is to blame. The offensive fungus behind this condition thrives in warm, damp environments, which could very well describe a child’s foot in a sock and shoe. This fungal infection is rather common and begins between the toes before spreading across the foot. Over-the-counter sprays and powders work fairly well, but you may need to bring your son or daughter in to our office for more severe cases.
Warts are caused by a viral infection courtesy of the common human papillomavirus (HPV). These can form anywhere on a foot, but they are more likely to appear on the bottom. When a plantar wart grows deep into the skin, it can make standing or walking painful. Home remedies are available, but they can pose potential risk to the healthy skin around the growth. We offer professional treatment to safely and effectively remove the wart for your child.
Pediatric Foot Care in Spring Valley and Brooklyn, NY
As a parent, it’s natural to only want the best for your child. Here at Brook Valley Podiatry, we keep this in mind as we provide first-class foot care for our young patients—and older ones, too—in the Brooklyn and Spring Valley communities. Call us at (718) 434-0600 to reach our Brooklyn office, or (845) 352-7507 to reach our Spring Valley office, or simply use our online form to request your appointment at either location.