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Pediatric Foot Care

Children, pre-teens and teenagers have specific needs in terms of foot care. The Schoppe team includes a physician with specialized training and extensive experience in podo-pediatrics.
Often pediatric foot conditions go undiagnosed until adulthood, when they become more complex to treat. If your child experiences pain while walking or exhibits an abnormal gait pattern, call us to schedule an evaluation. Many issues can be quickly and painlessly addressed when identified early on. Typical podo-pediatric conditions include:

Flat Feet

Pediatric flatfoot is the partial or total collapse of the arch; it can be apparent at birth, or it may show up years later. When it causes symptoms, treatment is required and may include physical therapy, anti-inflammatory drugs, orthotic devices or shoe modifications.

In-Toeing and Out-Toeing

If your child’s feet point inward or outward instead of straight ahead when they walk, they have one of these this conditions. Out-toeing is far less common than in-toeing (also know as pigeon toes). While these conditions will often correct on their own, you should consult a podiatrist if your child’s walking does not improve by kindergarten age, or if they limp or experience pain.

Toe Walking

When a child walks on the balls of their feet with no contact between their heels and the ground, they are toe walking. This is common in children who are learning to walk, but is usually outgrown by the age of two. In rare cases, continuing to toe walk after age two may be a sign of an underlying medical condition, so it is advisable to schedule a podo-pediatric evaluation.

Foot and Leg Pain

It is not normal for children to experience foot or lower limb pain. Any pain that lasts more than a few days or that is severe enough to limit a child’s walking should be assessed by a podiatrist as soon as possible.

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