There are a number of different pediatric foot problems that can limit your child’s mobility and overall quality of life. At Wake Foot and Ankle Center in Wake Forest, North Carolina, James Judge, DPM, and Michael Hodos, DPM, have extensive experience treating foot problems in children of all ages. The practice offers effective, comprehensive care in a friendly, welcoming environment. To speak with a podiatrist about your child’s foot problems, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Children can experience some of the same foot and ankle conditions as adults. Because of their rapid development and activity level, children require unique care to ensure their condition doesn’t leave a lasting impact on their foot health. Having healthy feet and ankles can help your child avoid a number of podiatric conditions in adulthood. Common pediatric foot problems include:
An ingrown toenail occurs when the toenail grows abnormally and digs into the flesh surrounding the nail. Ingrown toenails are typically the result of improper trimming, injuries, or wearing tight-fitting shoes. Ingrown toenails can cause your child great discomfort and often leads to infection. Some children are prone to ingrown toenails because of the natural shape of their toenails. Nails that grow curved or downward are more likely to experience ingrowth.
Plantar warts are rough, fleshy growths that can develop on the bottoms of your child’s feet. Plantar warts are caused by a type of human papillomavirus (HPV) that can enter through a break or small cut in the skin. Although plantar warts are typically harmless, they can cause discomfort and easily spread to other areas of the body. Because plantar warts are highly contagious, young children and teens are at an increased risk. Many children get plantar warts from public areas like locker rooms and pools.
Nail fungus is another condition that commonly affects children. Nail fungus is an infection caused by a number of different fungi that result in discoloration and brittly, crumbly nails. Nail fungus is unsightly and can cause your child’s feet to emit a foul odor. Although nail fungus isn’t a serious condition, it can be stressful and impact your child’s self-esteem.
Congenital foot deformities include conditions like clubfoot, flat feet, and calcaneovalgus foot. Congenital foot deformities can impair your child’s mobility and lead to further complications as they get older. At Wake Forest Foot and Ankle, the team offers accurate diagnoses and individualized treatment for a wide range of congenital foot deformities.
If your child suffers from a foot deformity, your podiatrist takes the time to discuss your concerns and educate you on the safest and most effective treatment options. Although many congenital foot deformities can be treated through conservative techniques, the practice also offers a number of safe and effective surgical procedures.
Treatment for your child’s foot problem depends on the specifics of their condition. After a thorough evaluation, your podiatrist may recommend a number of treatments, including:
In some cases, your child’s foot problem may require surgery. The podiatrists at Wake Forest Foot and Ankle are board-certified in foot and podiatric surgery and have extensive experience performing a number of different procedures. To speak with a doctor about your child’s foot or ankle problem, book an appointment by phone or online today.