One of the joys of being a parent is watching as your kids develop strong and healthy feet to carry them through life. What if something goes wrong, though? Then you want the services of an expert who understands feet and how to treat them. Our practice is proud and pleased when you choose us for your children’s foot care.
Many kid’s foot problems that might concern you don’t necessarily require a podiatrist. For example, in-toeing and out-toeing are common issues in babies and toddlers, but they normally outgrow them with no lasting harm. However, we are always happy to examine your son or daughter’s feet and either put your mind at rest or design treatment for symptoms if needed.
Here are a few situations in which it may be wise to come in to our office for a consultation:
- Clubfoot – When babies’ feet are severely turned in and tipped up, early casting and ongoing bracing during sleep times usually eliminates the need for serious surgical correction.
- Toe-walking – Most babies start out walking this way, but if walking only on tiptoe continues after age 2, there could be an underlying nerve issue that needs to be addressed.
- Flat feet – This is a common condition in kids, as the arch doesn’t form until the child grows older. It may require orthotics if the feet are painful; surgery not usually attempted until the bones are mature.
- Heel pain – This common condition in older children and early teens is often caused by a growth plate issue in the heel. You can help manage symptoms, but it resolves on its own once they finish growing.
Other reasons to consult a foot doctor include unexplained pain, uneven shoe wear, lumps or growths on the feet, frequent trips and falls, rashes, burns, ingrown toenails, injuries, or other abnormalities.
In the meantime, keep your child’s feet clean and dry and their toenails properly trimmed. Any minor scrapes or cuts should be cleaned and covered to keep bacteria away. Finally, provide them with shoes that fit and support their feet well.
Let us partner with you to monitor your child’s growing feet. You can reach the Yuko Miyazaki, DPM office at (510) 647-3744 with your concerns or in case of injuries. We are happy to help patients in Berkeley, CA and the surrounding areas.