Kids may have small feet, but those little feet have just as many bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles as those of an adult. Unfortunately, children can be extra vulnerable to foot issues as they develop and grow. The good news is that Michael Czurylo, DPM, Hyowon Choi, DPM, and the Northwest Foot and Ankle Institute team offer all-encompassing pediatric care for little feet. Call the Bellingham, Washington, office, to schedule or request an appointment online today.
Just like adults, children can experience foot problems even when they’re in otherwise good health. Some of the most common foot issues in children include:
Children with chronic diseases have a higher risk of foot problems. For example, diabetes causes circulatory and nerve issues that can decrease sensation and slow the healing of foot wounds. It’s especially important to monitor your child’s foot health when they have a chronic illness.
If your child has one of these issues or any other foot problem, Northwest Foot and Ankle Institute can help.
If your child has foot problems, it’s important to understand that it’s not normal. When your child complains of any foot issue that persists for more than a day or two, it’s time to see the friendly pediatric foot care specialists at Northwest Foot and Ankle Institute.
Children who aren’t talking yet can signal their foot issues in other ways, including:
Kids who have foot issues often instinctively try to avoid using their feet too much. It’s important to see a highly qualified podiatrist at Northwest Foot and Ankle Institute promptly to help them get back on their feet fast.
Your child’s pediatric podiatrist gently examines their feet and ankles and reviews their medical history and current symptoms. If your child needs X-rays or ultrasound imaging to diagnose their foot issue, they can get an immediate test in the Northwest Foot and Ankle Institute office.
The podiatrist combines all the diagnostic info to find your child’s foot issues and then prescribes a conservative and safe solution. Children typically respond well to interventions such as:
If your child has a bone or joint deformity, or if their foot problem doesn’t respond to conservative care, the podiatrist may recommend surgery.
Northwest Foot and Ankle Institute is here to help your child grow up with healthy feet, so don’t hesitate to call or request an appointment online for all their foot care needs.