Pediatric Foot FAQs
When you’re living with heel or foot pain, you don’t want to wait for answers. Get help fast by looking through this list of frequently asked questions with answers from our Plano podiatrist.
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Can kids get bunions?
Given their common affiliation with women’s footwear, it is natural to wonder if that protrusion you notice at the base of your son or daughter’s big toe is really a bunion. In all likelihood, that is exactly what you are observing, since children can develop these juvenile bunions.
Although it is not as commonly seen in kids as it is in women, a bunion may develop on account of issues with an inherited foot structure. Early treatment for this condition is preferred, to reduce the risk of the bunion increasing and becoming a greater issue. Additionally, that bony bump may cause pain and we would like to relieve your son or daughter of that possibility.
Fortunately, even though kids can get this particular deformity, the good news is that many cases are effectively treated with conservative methods. Whether this is the case, or your son or daughter requires bunion surgery to correct a condition that causes severe pain or lack of mobility, Richardson Podiatry Associates can help. Schedule an appointment for your child by calling (972) 690-5374 or contact our Richardson, TX office through our online form today.
How is Clubfoot Treated?
Clubfoot is a congenital foot condition in which the feet are turned down and in so the bottom of the foot points in or up. Clubfoot treatment begins soon after birth, so that the child gains a functional foot with normal mobility.
It involves manipulation and casting using the Ponseti method to correct the abnormality. The casting is repeated every 1-2 weeks for 2-4 months. After this period, if the feet still need help getting into normal positioning, surgery may be required. It usually involves lengthening or releasing ligaments and tendons and/or repositioning the bones of the ankle. Braces or splints are needed after either method to protect the feet and keep them in the correct position. If started right away, most children respond very well to these forms of treatment and have no long-term pain or side effects.
Contact Dr. Gene Reister if you have further questions or concerns about your child’s foot health. Call our office in Richardson, TX at (972) 690-5374.
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What Should I Look for in my Child's Feet?
Foot pain is not normal and any pain that affects your child’s walking and activity level for more than a few days should be looked at. Below are some common conditions your child may face.
If their toenail is red, inflamed and/or infected, it is likely an ingrown toenail that needs treatment. The nail has curved downward and is growing into the surrounding skin. This can be very painful. A bump on the bottom of the foot may be a plantar wart that can spread and cause difficulty walking if left untreated. If your child’s foot lacks an arch, it is called flatfoot, and this condition may need intervention if he or she complains of foot pain or cramping in their feet or legs. Finally, repetitive stress from high impact sports could lead to Sever’s disease, an injury to the growth plate at the back of the heel. Seek treatment should your child complain of heel pain.
We treat all ages and foot conditions at Richardson Podiatry Associates, so contact us any time you have a concern about your child’s foot health. Call Dr. Gene Reister at (972) 690-5374 to make an appointment at our office in Richardson, TX.
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