Having strong, healthy feet during childhood may reduce the risk of many types of lower extremity problems later in life. The physicians at Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, treat children’s foot deformities at their 12 offices conveniently located throughout Southern Georgia and South Carolina. If you suspect that your child has a foot injury or deformity, call the office nearest you or request an appointment online today.
It’s normal to be concerned if your child has a pediatric foot deformity, but rest assured that advances in modern medicine can help. The expert team at Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, diagnoses and treats many children’s foot deformities, including:
This is the most common foot deformity that occurs in infancy. Noticeable at birth, metatarsus adductus causes the front half of the foot to turn inward.
Clubfoot is one of the most easily recognized foot deformities. This condition causes a foot — or sometimes both feet — to turn inward and point down. Congenital clubfoot develops in about one in 1,000 infants and is immediately apparent at birth.
Cavus foot involves extremely high arches and usually affects both feet. Often, the heel of one foot turns inward, known as cavovarus foot deformity. Without treatment, this uneven alignment can lead to foot pain, ankle sprains, and stress fractures.
Pediatric flatfoot is when an arch fails to develop during childhood. This may not cause symptoms, but some children experience foot pain, an abnormal gait, or difficulty wearing shoes.
Some foot deformities, like clubfoot and metatarsus adductus, are obvious at the time of birth. Your doctor may diagnose these conditions right away. Other types may not become apparent until your toddler starts to stand up and walk on their own.
Try not to force your child to walk until they’re ready. When they do begin to walk, carefully watch their gait. If your toddler touches down on their toes instead of their heels, or if they continue to sit while others walk around to play, schedule an appointment at Ankle & Foot Associates.
First, your provider at Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, examines your child’s feet and legs. They listen as you describe your specific concerns. They may also take an on-site digital X-ray or diagnostic ultrasound.
Then, the team develops an individualized treatment plan for your child’s specific foot deformity. Depending on their needs, treatment may include:
If the foot deformity continues to cause your child pain or difficulty despite conservative treatment, the team at Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, may recommend surgery.
Call Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, or book an appointment online today for early diagnosis and treatment of childhood foot deformities.