Pediatric Foot Treatment in Golden Valley, MN
Pediatric Foot Conditions: Keeping Your Child’s Feet Healthy
From the time a child is born, parents are focused on every phase of his or her development. As part of keeping their children healthy and active, parents need to keep their children’s feet healthy. While aches and pains are often overlooked as part of “growing pains,” it is important to remember that foot pain is not a normal part of growing up.
Anytime your child complains of foot pain, especially during or after participating in sports, running or walking, or if you notice any abnormality in the way they walk or in their foot structure, then it’s essential that your child be seen as soon as possible for evaluation and treatment at the Westwood Foot Clinic in Golden Valley, MN. Together…we can keep your children healthy and active. Contact the clinic at (763) 231-2341 or e-mail for an appointment if you have a concern about your child’s foot health or notice symptoms of the common conditions listed below.
What are some common childhood foot conditions?
There are several common children’s foot and ankle conditions that we treat at the Westwood Foot Clinic – some due to heredity and others that simply develop from their active, busy life.
Plantar Warts – These are viral growths that commonly develop on the bottom of children’s feet. Often you can tell the difference between a plantar wart and a corn or callus by looking for small black dots within the growth. They can become painful, often multiply and can spread to other family members. It’s important to have Dr. Silver treat them quickly and appropriately before they become larger or multiply, requiring more extensive or prolonged treatment.
Heel Pain – This is a common complaint among children who are active and regularly involved in sports. It can be due to plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation from straining the band of tissue that runs along the bottom of their foot. It can also develop from a condition called Severs Disease (which is not really a disease) where pain develops on the bottom back edge of the heel from irritation to active growth plates in their heels. This is most commonly seen in boys between the ages of 9-14 and often causes them to limp after sports or prevents them from even participating in any sports. Heel pain in children or adolescents is easily treated in our clinic.
Ingrown Toenails – This is one of the more common problems that bring children in to see us at the Westwood Foot Clinic. An ingrown toenail can be a very painful condition and may become infected. They can be caused by improper trimming of a toenail but more often is caused by a weak foot structure. When the foot structure is weak, the big toe will often lean inward towards the next toe resulting in pressure against the nail borders that curl inwards on the sides and pokes into the flesh. Ingrown nails can be fixed on your child’s first visit to our clinic with a minimal amount of discomfort.
Flat Feet – Having flat or flattened arches and ankles that roll inward is often normal in very young children. But when this persists beyond the first couple years, it can often become the source of foot and ankle pain and cause foot deformities such as hammertoes and bunions to develop. Often caused by an inherited weak foot structure, this can even contribute to knee, hip and back pain as your children get older. At the Westwood Foot Clinic, we recognize the need for early intervention in treating a weak foot structure, not only to stop an existing foot problem but to prevent problems that often require surgery in adulthood. Prescription foot orthotics from are clinic, that balances and strengthens your child’s weak feet, is often necessary to alleviate existing problems and to prevent more severe problems in the future.
Foot Injuries – Some common children’s foot injuries we treat include blisters, cuts and “things” that get into bare feet such as slivers and glass. We treat sores, rashes and other skin problems too as well as broken toes and injured toenails. Athletic injuries, especially from team sports, including sprains and strains are also commonly treated.
Tips to Remember
There is a great advantage in being proactive when it comes to your child’s foot and ankle health. A foot problem may not simply resolve on its own. Therefore, it isn’t advised to wait before seeking treatment. It is important to remember that even if you do not hear a complaint from your child, it does not always mean that a problem or potential problem does not existent. Growing bones are flexible and can become twisted into abnormal positions without the child even being aware of it. Monitor your child’s walking pattern and any changes in activity level. Be careful of where they are allowed to go barefoot. Dirty pavements, pools and water parks are areas that can lead to cuts, abrasions, skin problems and injuries. Also make sure your child’s shoes are not too small when they are actively growing.
You Can Trust Us to Take Care of Your Children’s Feet! Our gentle and caring staff is experienced in taking care of children of all ages, from infants to college students…including some of the most frightened and anxious ones. We are the only clinic in the Minneapolis and suburban area that is on the Children’s Hospital Physician Network and for years have been caring for patients of many local pediatricians through their referrals. Parents and Pediatricians trust us with their children’s foot care…and you can too! Contact the Westwood Foot Clinic immediately for an appointment if your child has a foot, ankle or leg problem. Same day appointments are often available.