Our Caring Greensburg, Somerset, Mount Pleasant & Shadyside, PA Pediatric Podiatrist Specializes in Children's Foot & Ankle Conditions
PEDIATRIC / ADOLESCENT FOOT CARE
CHILDREN'S FEET SHOULD NOT HURT.
If your son or daughter is not participating as often in sports or in other physical activities or is complaining of foot pain, don't think it's caused by "growing pains". Your son or daughter may have a common developmental foot condition such as flat feet that could be simply treated with a custom foot orthotic.
In addition, parents may observe that their children are often falling or tripping and not able to keep up with normal activities. This may be due to a condition called in-toeing or out-toeing.
Many childhood foot conditions can be helped with custom foot orthotic which is an insert that fits into the shoe that keeps the bones in the feet in their proper alignment. This can eliminate their foot pain and allow normal development as your child matures into adulthood.
So, if your son or daughter is complaining of foot pain, book an appointment with Laurel Podiatry for an evaluation and help them enjoy healthy happy feet in the years ahead.
Flat feet are a common condition in infants and toddlers. Most feet are flexible and an arch appears when children begin standing on their toes. The arch continues to develop throughout childhood, and by adulthood most people have developed normal arches. Flat feet are generally associated with pronation, a leaning inward of the ankle bones toward the center line. Shoes of children who pronate, when placed side by side, will lean toward each other after they have been worn long enough for the foot position to remodel their shape.
Many people with flat feet do not experience pain or other problems. When pain in the foot, ankle, or lower leg does occur, especially in children, the feet should be evaluated. Painful progressive flatfoot, otherwise known as tibialis posterior tendonitis or adult-acquired flatfoot, refers to inflammation of the posterior tibial tendon. This condition arises when the tendon becomes inflamed, stretched, or torn. Left untreated, it may lead to severe disability and chronic pain.
People are predisposed to tibialis posterior tendonitis if they have flat feet or an abnormal attachment of the tendon to the bones in the midfoot. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, icing, physical therapy, supportive taping, bracing, and orthotics are common treatments for painful progressive flatfoot. In some cases, surgery may be needed to repair a torn or damaged tendon and restore normal function.
HyProCure for Flat Feet
HyProCure is a small titanium stent that is inserted into the sinus tarsi fixing flat foot at its root by keeping the sinus tarsi in a stable open position. This keeps your ankle bone from sliding forward and off of your heel bone and the rest of your body in its natural alignment.
If you are suffering with flat feet please schedule an appointment for a consultation and evaluation and we will develop an unique treatment plan just for you.