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Just like adults, children can have issues with their feet or legs, with many conditions that are specific to the development of their lower limbs.
If you notice that your child is complaining of pain, pulling away from physical activities they once loved, limping, toe walking, walking with their feet turned severely inwards/outwards, tripping or falling consistently, or if you have any general worries about their hips, knees, or feet, your child should come in and see one of our friendly podiatrists.
Common pediatric conditions include, but are not limited to, Sever's disease, growing pains, heel pain, knee pain, hip pain, and other conditions that typically relate to a child's growth and development of the soft tissues and bones.
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Children grow rapidly from the age of nine to their early teens, forcing their muscles and soft tissues to become tight. This in turn places additional forces on the back of the heel bone that then translate to the calcaneal growth plate.For kids, this pain often becomes worse when walking or running and differs from adult heel pain in that it does not settle down after some movement to loosen up the area.
If your child plays a high-impact sport such as soccer, netball, football, dancing, or gymnastics, they are at the highest risk of calcaneal apophysitis. The good news is that this condition is definitely treatable and will resolve over time with appropriate management.
Due to children undergoing rapid growth spurts, the muscles can often not keep up with their growing bones. This has to potential to cause children intermittent pain during the afternoon or night, particularly in the large muscle groups (calves, quads), It can be important to complete a full biomechanical assessment to ensure there are no other contributing factors. The good news is, it is a very common condition which our podiatrists can help provide evidence-based management strategies utilising therapeutic treatments and area specific physical exercises to help you and your child get through the fast-growing period.
Sever’s Disease is technically known as calcaneal apophysitis. This foot pain is caused by inflammation of the growth plates and often affects tweens and early teens as kids go through a rapid growth spurt between around 9 – 12 years of age.If your child is complaining of a sore foot that is aching at the back or bottom of their heel area, particularly when playing sports or running, it could well be because of calcaneal apophysitis.
Children usually complain of pain in the back and bottom of their heel when they are active. Pain is often reported as a dull ache that makes it difficult to load their heel. It can be experienced in one or both feet and often causes children to walk on their toes in an attempt to offload their heels. They may limp on the playing field and report being tired.Seeing an experienced podiatrist will give you the treatment options your child needs to continue their happy, active and pain-free childhood.Simple and non-invasive treatments such as temporary heel lifts inside the shoe or custom orthotics usually bring children great relief. With the addition of targeted physical therapy and a small period of reduced activity, this common condition typically resolves relatively quickly.
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Highly qualified and experienced podiatrist: Dr Frank Henry in Marble Falls boasts is a highly qualified and experienced team who are dedicated to providing top-notch foot and ankle care. Their expertise ensures that patients receive accurate diagnoses and personalized treatment plans tailored to their specific needs.
Comprehensive range of services: Whether it's treating common foot conditions like bunions, ingrown toenails, or plantar fasciitis, or addressing more complex issues such as sports injuries or diabetic foot care. Our office offers a comprehensive range of services. Patients can trust that all their foot and ankle concerns will be addressed under one roof.
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Holistic and preventive care: Beyond just treating existing conditions, Dr Frank Henry, DPM - Marble Falls emphasises the importance of holistic and preventive care. They educate patients on proper foot care techniques and lifestyle adjustments to minimise the risk of future foot problems, promoting long-term foot health and overall well-being.
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Pediatric Podiatry is a specialized branch of podiatry that focuses on the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of foot and lower limb conditions in children. It addresses issues related to the development and growth of children's feet and legs.
It is recommended to take your child to a Pediatric Podiatrist if you notice any concerns with their foot posture, walking pattern, or complaints of pain or discomfort in their feet, legs, knees, or hips. Early intervention can help prevent potential complications and promote healthy development.
Common conditions treated in Pediatric Podiatry include flat feet, toe-walking, Sever's disease, growing pains, ingrown toenails, plantar warts, foot deformities, gait abnormalities, and sports-related injuries. However, there are many other conditions that can be addressed by a Pediatric Podiatrist.
Pediatric Podiatrists use a combination of physical examinations, medical history assessments, and, if necessary, imaging studies (such as X-rays) to diagnose foot and leg conditions in children. They also consider developmental milestones and growth patterns as part of the evaluation process.
Treatment options in Pediatric Podiatry vary depending on the specific condition and individual needs. They may include orthotic therapy (custom-made shoe inserts), footwear recommendations, stretching and strengthening exercises, gait retraining, wound care, or referral for further medical intervention, if required.
Orthotics can be beneficial for certain foot and leg conditions in children. They are custom-made shoe inserts designed to support and align the feet, correct biomechanical issues, and relieve pain. However, the necessity of orthotics is determined on a case-by-case basis through a thorough evaluation by a Pediatric Podiatrist.
Please note that these answers provide general information and it's important to consult with a qualified Pediatric Podiatrist for personalised advice and recommendations
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