Pediatric Foot Care
We know how much your children mean to you, so we aim to provide pediatric foot care for them at our Geneva, IL, office in the same way we know you would. Our caring, gentle staff at Prairie Path Podiatry is dedicated to relieving their pain and ensuring there are no long-term concerns.
Sever’s Disease in Growing Kids
Heel pain is rather common for children and the usual culprit behind it is a condition known as Sever’s disease. Calcaneal apophysitis is the technical term for this painful inflammation in the growth plate found in the back of the heel.
Sever’s disease often strikes between the ages of 8 and 14 and is more prominent in kids who are physically active. This can be thought of as a “growing pain,” one that your son or daughter will eventually grow out of without any long-lasting damage. Treatment is centered on relieving the pain and providing comfort for your child.
When Your Child Has a Sports Injury
For many, childhood is filled with physical activity. Participating in sports can not only be fun, but it also helps children develop skills and values that are beneficial in other areas of life. Unfortunately, being active always comes with the risk of injury.
No need to worry, though! When your child sustains any foot or ankle injury on the soccer field or basketball court, Prairie Path Podiatry is here to help. Common sports injuries like stress fractures, Achilles tendinitis, and ankle sprains are often treated successfully with nonsurgical methods.
Pediatric Flatfoot: When to Seek Treatment
A frequent concern for new parents is the observation that their child has flat feet. It’s important to know that this is not an abnormal situation. Babies are born with flat feet and the fat pads on the inside edges of their feet hide any arches. Additionally, it takes time for foot arches to fully develop.
There are some rare cases where flat feet are cause for concern. A tight Achilles tendon or rigid flat feet are issues that may need to be addressed. As a rule of thumb, if there are no symptoms present, treatment is not needed. If your child does experience pain or difficulty with walking, bring him or her in for an appointment and we can properly address the issue.
Ingrown Toenails Are Common in Kids
An ingrown toenail is not only painful, but also poses the risk of an infection in the area where the nail pierces the surrounding skin. This particular condition often stems from one of two main root causes – tight shoes or improper nail trimming.
For prevention purposes, ensure that footwear has a thumb’s width of space between the longest toe and the front of the shoe, along with room for toes to wiggle freely. Also, always clip your child’s nails straight across (instead of rounding them) and keep them even with the edge of the toe.
Plantar Warts That Make Walking Difficult
Warts are caused by a common virus known as human papillomavirus (HPV) and virtually everyone will be infected and develop at least one of these growths during his or her lifetime. The good news when it comes to warts is that they are generally harmless (although they can make walking or even standing painful when located on the bottom of a foot) and will eventually go away on their own.
The not-so-good news about warts is that they are quite contagious and can take up to a couple of years before disappearing. When your child develops a plantar wart on his or her feet, we can provide effective treatment to take care of the situation.
Effective Children’s Foot Care in Geneva, IL
We certainly hope your child does not develop any foot or ankle condition that causes pain or restricted mobility, but if anything happens, we are here to provide effective pediatric foot care. Bring your son or daughter in for a visit to Prairie Path Podiatry and we will take the necessary steps to alleviate any pain and restore his or her feet to their natural, healthy state. Contact our Geneva, IL, office by calling (630) 845-3338 or schedule your appointment online today.