Children’s Foot Care: Expert Care for Your Family
Few things are more important to a parent than their child. They care about their interests, activities, education, and especially health. As a parent, you want only the best for your children. At Dallas Podiatry Works, your little ones will receive state-of-the-art podiatric care from compassionate, experienced professionals who keep you informed and involved in your child’s diagnosis and treatment at every stage. Treating pediatric foot conditions is a passion for Drs. Joel Brook, David Northcutt, Irene Arroyo and John Baca.
Keeping Kids Healthy
Whether your child’s foot or ankle condition is the result of an injury, has developed during growth, or has been present since birth, our specialists are equipped to handle it. Drs. Brook, Northcutt, Arroyo and Baca perform evaluations and diagnostic tests to get a specific and accurate diagnosis, so they can best remedy the problem. They also educate you about the diagnosis and work with you to develop a treatment plan to meet your child’s needs.
Some common conditions that children face include:
Flatfeet in young children is not uncommon, but as it extends into later childhood and adolescence, it could become a problem. The doctors evaluate the state of your child’s flatfoot and determine if treatment to relieve any conditions arising from it may be necessary.
Tarsal Coalition (or Rigid Pediatric Flatfoot)
If the flatfoot becomes stiffened, it limits the foot’s range of motion. That could lead to serious problems walking, additional conditions arising from accommodating the pain and limited movement, and even arthritis later in life.
Young children are expected to walk differently from adults. It takes several years of walking development for their stride and balance to “normalize” and resemble those of their parents. Sometimes, however, their gait differences do not line up with what is typical for their developmental age group. In-toeing, out-toeing, limping, and toe-walking fall under this category.
The skin on your child’s feet needs care as well. Warts, especially on the bottom of the foot, and ingrown toenails are common, uncomfortable skin conditions in children. Pressure from shoes on the affected areas can make activities difficult; thankfully most skin conditions are easily treated.
In-Toeing (due to Metatarsus Adductus)
This is a kind of in-toeing caused by a foot deformity present from birth. The forefoot and toes curve inward, creating a “bean” shape. The condition can be flexible, meaning you can straighten your child’s foot with your hands, or inflexible, meaning the foot is rigid.
Treating the Problems
At Dallas Podiatry Works, we use conservative treatments to make remedying your child’s condition as easy for you and your family as possible. We start with the least-invasive approaches, only moving to more involved treatments as needed. Our doctors typically reserve surgery for cases that are not improving with other kinds of correction.
If surgery is your best option for healing, the procedure will be performed at Medical City Children’s Hospital. The staff and facilities there are specially equipped to handle your child’s anesthesia, after-care, and any other support your little one and family may need.
No matter how your child’s foot condition may have developed, don’t wait until it becomes a serious pain to have it examined. Early treatment can make a difference in growing feet. You can trust the health of your young family members to the Dallas area’s leading pediatric podiatry specialists. If you are concerned about your child’s feet, make an appointment or request more information by visiting the online contact page, or by calling one of our two office locations: (972) 566-7474 for the Dallas office, or (972) 943-3323 for the Baylor Plano location.