Many children outgrow common pediatric foot conditions without treatment, but some issues require customized pediatric foot care to prevent future issues. Nesha Prasla, DPM, and the team at Metro Foot and Ankle Specialists in Sugar Land, Texas, diagnose and treat a variety of pediatric foot and ankle conditions. To find out if your child’s symptoms require treatment, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.
There are several conditions that require pediatric foot care, such as foot fungus, toenail deformities, hyperhidrosis (sweaty feet), warts, and most commonly, flat feet. Pediatric flat foot involves the complete or partial collapse of the foot’s arch.
Rigid flat foot is a serious form of pediatric flat foot, which typically develops during the teen years and gets worse with age.
Children with rigid, flat feet have no arches when standing or sitting. It may cause foot pain and it’s difficult to flex the feet up, down, or move from side to side.
Pediatric tarsal coalition is a form of rigid flat foot in children that may require pediatric foot care treatments. Tarsal coalition is when two tarsal bones in the back and mid-foot fuse. Conservative treatment with custom orthotics often successfully treats this form of rigid flat foot.
Dr. Prasla offers diagnoses and customizes treatment plans for all pediatric foot disorders.
Flexible flat foot is a variation of normal feet because, while the foot has traditional muscle function and good joint mobility, the foot’s arch shrinks or disappears when your child puts weight on it and reappears when they sit or stand on tiptoes.
Most children outgrow flexible flatfoot by age six without treatment, as walking helps the foot’s soft tissues to tighten and gradually shapes the arch. If the cause of flat foot is due to a tight Achilles tendon, pediatric foot care treatment is necessary.
About 75% of children with tarsal coalition have no symptoms and do not require treatment. When symptoms of tarsal coalition do appear, usually between the ages of 9 and 16, children may complain of pain in the midfoot area that increases with physical activity.
If your child has any of the following symptoms of tarsal coalition, they should see Dr. Prasla for an evaluation:
Children with tarsal coalition may also complain of muscle pain or spasms in the calves.
Treatments depend on the severity of the condition, the cause, and the likelihood that the condition will cause future problems.
For example, pediatric flat feet is sometimes a symptom of misaligned feet, which causes the ankles to roll inward (hyperpronation). Untreated hyperpronation leads to many other symptoms, including:
If your child has flat feet or experiences pain in the feet, knees, or back, schedule a visit to Metro Foot and Ankle Specialists by phone or online for a diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan.