Sometimes, children and teens develop painful conditions in their feet. And many problems that affect adult feet can also be experienced by children and adolescents – including ingrown toenails, heel pain, and sports injuries.

There are times when an unfortunate foot injury or condition may even result in lost time from school, athletic competitions, and other activities. And since we know you want the best for your child, we provide the latest, most effective treatments right here in our office to help minimize time away from school and extra-curricular activities.

We also understand that a visit to the doctor’s office can be a confusing (or even frightening) experience for a child. That’s why we always treat our pediatric patients with warmth, kindness, and respect. In fact, parents often report that their children actually look forward to visiting our office!

Dr. Thomas Pignetti and Dr. Fernando Fernandez believe that a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and ultra-gentle techniques provide positive experiences for children of all ages, from infants through teens. They will take time in examining your child and more importantly, when addressing your questions and concerns.

After all, your child deserves the best and we couldn’t agree more!

Building a Strong Foundation

Children’s feet are more flexible and fast-growing than you might expect.

From the time your little one is born until his or her feet stop growing, those bones and soft tissues work hard to build up strength and adjust in order to be an efficient base for their body. And investing in pediatric foot care is a crucial part of helping them develop correctly. Doing so will prevent painful problems later in life.

Each stage of development has specific needs:

  • Caring for your baby’s feet. Initially, babies’ feet are soft and flat. Their arches will develop as they grow and begin walking. Allowing a child’s feet to strengthen naturally before putting them in shoes helps the foot structures to form correctly. Generally speaking, kids don’t need to wear shoes until they can walk on their own outside.
  • Caring for your toddler’s feet. When your little one does begin wearing shoes regularly, they need to be checked frequently to make sure they still fit. Shoes that are too small can cramp the toes and hamper their development, as well as cause your child pain. Don’t buy used shoes and skip hand-me-downs – they can lead to injury and infection.
  • Caring for your teen’s feet. By the late teen years, the feet reach their full adult size and the bones have fully solidified. But you should still make sure their shoes fit correctly, leaving plenty of room in the toe box and providing plenty of arch support.

Common Pediatric Foot Conditions

Certain conditions affect children’s feet, specifically. Some are present from birth, while others develop later in life or as a result of injuries. Taking care of problems early, while the feet are still flexible and growing, allows the body to correct the issue and continue to grow as intended.

Dr. Pignetti and Dr. Fernandez love working with kids and are experts in children’s foot care, so we can help you monitor healthy growth as well as treat any sort of issues that may arise.

Many conditions that are present from birth can – and most definitely should – be treated right away, before your child even begins walking. Issues like metatarsus adductus and clubfoot, for instance, need to be straightened out so your child will be able to walk normally when the time comes.

Other pediatric foot conditions don’t visibly manifest until your child is a little older and using their lower limbs more. In-toeing and out-toeing are prime examples – they are common gait abnormalities that may impact your child’s walking.

Another common foot condition we see in children is toe-walking. This may be due to habit or the symptom of a shortened Achilles tendon, which will need to be stretched and lengthened to prevent problems later in life.

One of the more common children’s foot conditions, though, is flat feet. Children don’t usually develop foot arches until around age 5, and even if your little one seems to have flat feet after this age, there’s still a good chance that this will correct itself given time. If flat feet are causing your child pain, however, then treatment may be necessary.

Other problems that are related to growth and injuries include heel pain and sports injuries.

Sever’s disease is a typical source of heel pain in children. It occurs in active kids, especially if they are going through a growth spurt, and needs some conservative intervention to relieve the discomfort.

Ingrown toenails are probably the most common painful foot problem seen in young children and teens, especially if their shoes do not fit well or if they tend to pick at their toenails. Often, this problem tends to recur in spite of self-treatment and home remedies.

Fortunately, the doctors at Advanced Foot Care can treat any infection present and perform a simple, virtually painless in-office procedure that will correct the nail structure resulting in a permanent end to the ingrown toenail and the pain associated with it.

We Provide Gentle and Compassionate Pediatric Foot Care

We know you want your children to grow up healthy and strong. Quality pediatric foot care is one of the best ways to invest in your child’s foundation and catch problems early to treat them, so don’t ignore your little one’s feet or any complaints of pain!

Let our team at Advanced Foot Care help manage your family’s foot and ankle concerns. Give our office a call at (281) 292-7000 to schedule an appointment today, or simply fill out our online contact form.

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