Examining kids’ feet and providing gentle, comprehensive care to keep them healthy and active is an important part of what we do. Kids don’t always experience much pain from foot conditions—and even if they do, they might not feel like telling you—but misaligned feet and other problems can cause them to withdraw from, or avoid, active play and healthy exercise.
Furthermore, many foot disorders that may emerge later in life (bunions, hammertoes, flat feet, gait problems, etc.) and secondary complications (including knee, hip, and back pain) that can stem from inherited, flawed foot mechanics. Diagnosis and treatment early in life can reduce or prevent future problems.
Our Pediatric Care Philosophy
The main components of our pediatric care philosophy include:
- Providing gentle techniques that are designed to keep your child as active and comfortable as possible, with an eye toward offering permanent cures and preventions rather than temporary symptom relief.
- Taking the time to fully explain and educate caregivers on their child’s condition. We will always patiently listen and discuss all options, with you—the parent—having the final say.
- Maintaining communication with your child’s general pediatrician, informing him or her of problems and treatment results so that they stay updated and remain involved in care.
Recognizing Child Foot Issues
Ideally, your child will tell you if he or she is having difficulty. Unfortunately, children are not always forthcoming, and in many cases, withdraw from activity (even favorite sports) long before significant discomfort sets in. That means you need to watch carefully for signs something may be amiss – picking weeds while the soccer scrum moves down the field, frequent requests to be carried, and withdrawal from active play are all potential signs something is wrong. Leg cramps at night are another indication, since this happens when muscles are working harder than they are supposed to (on account of biomechanical abnormalities).