Children and teenagers grow rapidly, which makes them vulnerable to certain musculoskeletal and foot problems. Pediatric foot care catches and treats these issues early before they interfere with your son’s or daughter’s quality of life. The team of board-certified podiatrists at Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists in Albuquerque, New Mexico, provides a full range of pediatric foot care services, including treatment for ingrown toenails, plantar warts, and flat feet. Request your appointment at Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.
Pediatric foot care is a branch of podiatry focused on diagnosing and treating foot and ankle problems that affect toddlers, children, and teenagers. These young people experience many of the same foot and ankle problems that adults do. The symptoms can be very different, though.
Pediatric foot problems affect children of all ages, races, and sexes, but they’re especially common in kids who play sports or lead physically active lives. If your son or daughter regularly complains about foot or ankle pain, make an appointment at Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists today.
At Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists, the team regularly diagnoses and treats a variety of pediatric foot problems, including:
An ingrown toenail occurs when your child’s nail curves downward and grows into the soft flesh surrounding their nail bed. Ingrown toenails usually get better on their own using conservative treatments, but they’re especially dangerous if your child has diabetes or another type of circulatory problem.
Plantar warts are small, skin-colored bumps that develop on the sides and bottom of your child’s feet. They’re caused by the human papillomavirus and are contagious. There’s no way to prevent plantar warts, but you can significantly lower your son’s or daughter’s risk by encouraging them to wear sandals or flip flops when using public facilities like swimming pools and locker rooms.
If your child has flat feet, they don’t have adequate arches. Many children grow out of flat feet. But if your son or daughter complains about foot or leg pain, treatment could be necessary. The team at Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists usually recommends orthotics or arch supports to improve pronation and to ease the pain.
Heel pain is another common pediatric foot problem. The calf muscles and Achilles tendon become tight during growth spurts, which puts stress on the heel bone and surrounding foot structures.
To diagnose pediatric foot problems, your child’s podiatrist physically examines their foot and ankles, reviews their medical history, and asks questions about the symptoms they’re experiencing.
Your child’s podiatrist also observes your child’s gait (the way they walk) and posture and takes X-rays if needed. After gathering this information, your child’s podiatrist develops a custom treatment plan.
If you suspect your son or daughter is suffering from pediatric foot problems, make an appointment with the caring team at Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.