Common Foot Problems in Children

Have You Noticed Any of These Common Foot Problems in Your Children?

  • Pigeon Toe (intoe): an inward position of the feet when standing or walking.
  • Out-Toe: child "walks like a duck".
  • Flatfeet: in children 3 years or older this should be evaluated.
  • Overlapping toes: these hereditary problems if caught early can be corrected without surgery.
  • Clumsiness: if your child stumbles over their own feet often it may be a sign of flat footed ness or foot positional problems.
  • Warts, Nails and Skin Disorders: rash, itchiness, and deformed nails are common and easily treated.

Most of the aforementoned foot problems in children are hereditary and if evaluated early are treated without the need for embarrassing shoes, casts or braces. We use the most modern techniques in children's foot care with complete cooperation from your pediatrician.

Treatment for "Pigeon Toe"
We can fit your infant child with the new CRS (Counter Rotational System developed by Langer Bio Mechanics Inc. of Deer Park, N.Y.).

The CRS allows infants to crawl while maintaining foot position, It replaces the traditional ridged type bars (Denis-Brown Bar) still commonly used today. The CRS bar is designed with hinges which allow the infant to crawl and even stand while being treated. Parents can rest easy while their child's foot problems are being treated both safely and effectively.

Wheaton Brace for Children with Bowing Legs
The Wheaton Brace is useful for most mild and moderate cases of tribal torsion (bowing) and Metatarsus Adductus (C-shaped feet). As with most medical problems, these conditions respond well to treatment when caught very early especially before the age of one. The Wheaton Brace (Wheaton Brace Company, Carol Stream, Il) is the latest advance in the treatment of children with bowing lower legs (tribal torsion) and turned-in or "C" shaped feet. (Metatarsus Adductus).

The new brace is both comfortable and effective. Prior to its inception, these conditions were treated with weekly applications of plaster casts to the infant's legs and feet. You can imagine how traumatic this is both for the child and parent.

Sports Related Injuries in Children

Organized sports are more popular than ever. It's not unusual for some children to play soccer all year round while at the same time also playing baseball, basketball, softball, or lacrosse. A common foot-related complaint is heel pain. Persistent pain that is unresponsive to rest and ice requires professional evaluation.

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