Permian Basin Foot and Ankle
Board-Certified Podiatrists and Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Odessa, Midland, and Pecos, TX
Early identification of foot problems your child or teen develops can help them get the care they need before their podiatric issue can interfere with their quality of life. At Permian Basin Foot and Ankle, with locations in Odessa, Midland, and Pecos, Texas, Justin Brown, DPM, Jordan Womack, DPM and their team provide a full range of pediatric foot care services to help your child’s musculoskeletal system grow as it should. If you have questions about the development of your child’s feet, call the office nearest you to set up an appointment or book online today.
Pediatric Foot Care Q&A
What is pediatric foot care?
Pediatric foot care focuses on diagnosing and treating foot and ankle problems that affect toddlers, children, and adolescents.
Foot problems can affect children of all ages and gender, but they’re especially common in kids who play sports and live physically active lives. If your child regularly complains of foot or ankle pain, consult Permian Basin Foot and Ankle today.
What are some common pediatric foot problems?
At Permian Basin Foot and Ankle, the team regularly diagnoses and treats a variety of pediatric foot problems, including:
Flat feet describes feet without adequate arch support. Many children grow out of this condition, but it can cause leg or foot pain. Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis that develops as a result of flat feet can keep them from doing the activities they love or lead to joint problems later in life. The team offers orthotics or arch supports to improve natural pronation and ease your child's pain if flat feet are interfering with their quality of life.
Many children develop heel pain when the calf muscles and Achilles tendon become tight. Sports play, and growth spurts can put stress on the heel bone and surrounding foot structures. If your child suffers from heel pain, the team may recommend physical therapy to stretch the calf muscles, over-the-counter pain medications, or customized heel lifts to relieve pain temporarily.
Other foot problems that are common in children include ingrown toenails, toenail fungus, and warts. Trust the team at Permian Basin Foot and Ankle to skillfully address these foot problems in children as well as adults.
How are pediatric foot problems diagnosed?
To evaluate your child’s foot health, the podiatrists at Permian Basin Foot and Ankle:
- Perform a physical exam of your child’s feet
- Evaluate their gait, or the way they walk
- Review their medical history
- Look at their shoes and daily activity
- Ask questions about their symptoms
- Examine their posture
Your doctor may perform screening tests such as X-rays or MRIs to look at the interior structure of your child's feet. After gathering all of this information, they develop a custom treatment plan that might include custom orthotics or laser treatment for toenail fungus.
If you have questions about the health of your child's feet, consult with the caring team at Permian Basin Foot and Ankle. Make a pediatric foot care appointment today by calling the office or using the online booking tool.