Our Podiatrists In Miami & Hialeah Are Child Foot Care Experts
YOUR CHILDREN'S FEET
You worry about your children's teeth, eyes, and other parts of the body. You teach washing, brushing, and grooming, but what do you do about your child's feet - those still-developing feet which have to carry the entire weight of the body through an entire lifetime?
Pediatric Podiatrists consider the first year of a child's life to be the most important in their development. The feet of a young child grow rapidly during the first year of life, often times reaching half of their adult foot size! This coupled with the fact that the human foot is one of the most complicated parts of the body containing numerous bones means a child's foot needs careful attention when pain or discomfort is present. Many adult foot ailments begin in childhood and may be present at birth. It's important that your child's feet get regular check ups from a skilled Pediatric Podiatrist who specializes in finding these particular ailments. Early and persistent pediatric foot care can remove or minimize these problems in later life.
Neglecting foot health allows for other conditions to appear such as in the legs, back and neck. There can also be undesirable personality effects for a child suffering from foot pain: The child with troublesome feet walks awkwardly and stands with poor posture. As a lifelong result, the child may become shy, introverted, and avoid athletics and social situations. Consultation between the podiatrist, pediatrician, and other medical specialists may to resolve these related problems.
What is Pediatric Podiatry?
Pediatric podiatry focuses on caring for children's feet and ankles. Specialists like our doctors are trained to diagnose and treat conditions related to normal and abnormal development. Feet make up about 25 percent of a person's bones, and their care can be complex even at a young age. Foot care for children requires a different approach than for adults, pain or other conditions of the feet and ankle must be evaluated carefully because they can affect a child's walking and development and even further on in life. Our doctors treat children and adolescent patients for ailments from the ankle and below, including:
- Newborn congenital deformities of the foot and ankle
- Bone and joint deformities of the foot and ankle
- Fractures and sprains of the foot and ankle
- Skin and soft tissue problems (including in-grown toenails and soft-tissue masses)
- Abscesses, puncture wounds, and foreign bodies in the foot and ankle