We provide pediatric foot care to children across Southern Texas. With offices in San Antonio, Kyle, Kenedy, Floresville, Live Oak & Bourne, Texas, you are sure to find an office near you.
It’s common for children to have foot conditions at a young age. In some cases, it is genetic, while in others, the condition is developed or acquired from certain behaviors. Regardless of how the condition may occur, if you notice something unusual about how your child walks, stands or how their feet or ankles are developing, you should make an appointment with a pediatric foot specialist.
Common Foot Conditions Among Children
Children can be affected by many of the same conditions that adults are. Some of these conditions include flat feet, heel pain, ingrown toenails and plantar warts. Depending on your child’s development and their lifestyle, these conditions can occur more or less frequently.
Pediatric flat foot, means the foot has little or no arches and, for many parents, are a big concern. A child can have flat feet for many reasons and may possibly outgrow the condition without problems, or treatment. However, if your child is experiencing pain in their feet or legs, or having difficulty walking, treatment may become necessary.
Flat foot is often associated with excessive pronation. Pronation is defined as the action that causes a foot’s arch to slope down and inward as the foot hits the ground. Over or excessive pronation means the foot slopes down or inward more than it should while running, walking or standing. Excessive pronation can lead to increased stress on your child’s ankles, feet and knees.
An ingrown toenail typically occurs on the big toe. It can become quite painful and, if left untreated, can result in an infection. Some of the causes of ingrown toenails are poor fitting shoes or socks, or abnormal bone composition.
If you believe your child is developing an ingrown toenail, it is important to treat it immediately. Early treatment will minimize the chance of infection. If left untreated, part of the toenail will most likely need to be removed. If you are unsure how to treat an ingrown toenail, contact your pediatric foot specialist.
Warts can develop on any part of the foot, but they most often appear on the bottom or plantar area of the foot. These warts are caused by the human papilloma virus, which is the same virus that can cause warts on other parts of the body; they are very common in children and teens. Plantar warts grow deep into the skin and cause walking or standing to be extremely painful.
In some cases, the warts will go away on their own. However, there is also the possibility of the warts increasing in size or spreading, if left untreated. There are several types of treatments available, but it is best to contact a podiatrist to determine the most effective treatment.
Finding the Best Pediatric Foot Specialist
Parents want the best for their children, and that includes the best in medical care. If you notice your child’s foot or feet are developing differently than what is considered “normal”, or have symptoms matching one of the conditions listed above, contact The Podiatry Group of South Texas. With several offices located across Central & South Texas including San Antonio, Kenedy, Kyle, Live Oak & Floresville, our group of pediatric foot specialists are second to none. Make an appointment at one of our podiatrist offices today.