Pediatric Foot Care
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It is easy to take young feet for granted. They don’t have many miles on them, after all. And for that first year or so, they’re still in pretty mint condition!
However, it is important to keep an eye on your children’s feet as they develop. Problems can arise on the road to adulthood, and giving them the proper care will help assure children reach maturity with as healthy feet as possible.
Whether a condition is one of the normal misfortunes in life or part of development, the experts at Associates in Podiatry can help.
As baby feet grow up, they experience the changes they need to support your child into adulthood. This includes developing arches and motor strength.
As this happens, parents may see certain abnormalities in the appearance of their child’s feet or how they walk. This may include:
- Arches that disappear when a child stands, but reappear when they sit or rise onto their toes.
- Walking with feet pointed inward or outward.
- Walking for extended periods of time on the toes.
It is not uncommon to see these behaviors as your child learns to walk, but an eye should be kept on your child’s development to ensure they do not become more rigid or are signs of underlying problems. We recommend periodic check-ups in these cases to make sure such abnormalities are resolving on their own.
If your child still has flat feet after the age of 5 or 6, for example, steps may need to be taken to ensure they have the proper support they need (custom orthotics, etc.) moving forward. And, of course, any time a child has foot pain, that’s a sign that some sort of change or treatment is needed.
Children’s Foot Care for Now and the Future
We provide care and support for feet of all ages! If you have questions or concerns about your child, never feel that you shouldn’t bring them up. Remember that the sooner a potential problem is addressed, the better the results for your child and the better peace of mind for you!