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Pediatric Foot Care

Many parents become concerned over gait disturbances and foot deformities seen with their children.  Oftentimes, concerning boney prominences in the foot are actually normal and parents need reassurance.  Some deformities and conditions, however, require monitoring and/ or intervention.

What causes pediatric foot problems?

  • Certain stages of pediatric development cause normal degrees of intoe and out toe which your child will most likely grow out of.

  • Sometimes certain deformities your child may be born with may be pathologic.  These deformities can be inherited, congenital or caused during the birthing process. 

What are the different types of pediatric foot problems?

  • Club foot/ equinivarus deformity​

  • Congenital hallux valgus (bunion)

  • Webbed toes / extra toes

  • Intoe/ out toe

  • Toe walkers

  • Flat feet (pes planus)

  • Cavus foot (High arch foot)

  • Severs disease (heel pain)

  • Ingrown Toenails

  • Plantar Warts

  • Sprains/Strains/Fractures

​What can I do at home?

  • Wear supportive proper width shoes/sneakers. 

  • Avoid having your child walk barefoot or wearing any shoe or slipper that is flat and unsupportive.

When to make an appointment at Fulshear Foot and Ankle?

  • Pain or tenderness that does not subside with rest, ice, compression or elevation

  • Abnormal appearance of toes or feet

  • Frequent falling or inability to run

  • Frequent episodes of pain during certain activities 

How are pediatric foot problems diagnosed?

  • Dr. Amin and Dr. Hurwitz always start by listening to your concerns and performing a thorough physical examination 

  • X-rays and ultrasound are often utilized to evaluate for deformity

  • Gait exam (Evaluate the way your child walks)

How are pediatric foot problems treated?

Treatment will vary based on the type of injury and the severity of your condition.  Treatment options may include:​

  • Sometimes reassurance of your child’s condition is all that is required and monitoring for any changes before considering intervention.

  • Physical Therapy

  • Padding and strapping

  • Custom orthotics

  • If conservative therapy fails to allow you to walk without pain, surgical intervention may be an option.