Pediatric foot conditions of the foot and ankle are common since children are typically active. However, symptoms may be overlooked for the same reason and are mistakenly thought to go away on their own. Symptoms such as abnormal ankle turn in, flat arch of the foot, lingering pain, wobbling or a general change in behavior to avoid physical activity should be diagnosed by a medical professional immediately. Our podiatrist, Dr. Joel S. Segalman, DPM at the Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC, is trained to make sure your children’s foot and ankle health is progressing in a normal manner. Call or visit us at our Waterbury 203-755-0489 & Newtown 203-270-6724, Connecticut locations today to learn more about child foot conditions and to prevent any such condition from occurring to your family.
Pediatric Foot Injuries generally happen to kids who participate in a variety of sports. Moreover, playing on firm surfaces puts a toll on their foot and ankle health. There can be long-term costs to not treating foot conditions in children such as flatfoot, clubfoot, bunions or tarsal injuries. Symptoms include pain, arthritis or muscle fatigue. Flatfoot occurs when the foot does not have an arch and can be painful. They should be treated with orthotics so that complications don’t develop in adulthood due to flat feet. Clubfoot actually arises at birth. It can be identified with an ultrasound before a baby is born. Tarsal coalitions typically occur in older children and develop when a joint is bonded to another bone and produces a stiff and painful foot. Bunions happen because of added activity and can be painful for children. Treatment for these conditions can be through proper shoes and potential minor surgery before the pain becomes too severe. In addition to the treatment methods discussed above, other methods of treatment such as rest and medications to decrease swelling.
Please contact our offices for an appointment today so that we may be able to help your children practice safe and preventive techniques to ensure their foot and ankle health remain in top condition!