Our goal at McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group is always to try nonsurgical treatment options first to address foot and ankle issues for our patients, and this especially holds true for children. Young patients can be particularly nervous or scared upon hearing the word “surgery,” so we want to avoid that as much as possible for them. Thus, a component of child foot care at our practice is using conservative care methods for young patients as often as we can.
Fortunately, nonsurgical treatment is often quite successful at producing desired results and easing painful symptoms. Some of the more common child foot issues, and conservative treatment methods for addressing them, include:
- Pediatric Flatfoot – When a child has flexible flatfoot, the best news is that no treatment is needed in many situations. For relieving painful symptoms in rigid flat feet, conservative options like orthotic devices, physical therapy, medication, and shoe and activity modifications can often be rather effective.
- Ingrown Toenails – Children can be affected by this particular condition when toenails are trimmed in an improper fashion or footwear is too tight and crowds the toes. Sometimes, an ingrown nail needs to be removed, but conservative treatment usually entails lifting the ingrown edge and keeping it separated from the skin it is growing into. We provide this treatment in a careful, gentle manner for young patients.
- Sever’s Disease – Also known by its proper name calcaneal apophysis, this condition is a common cause of heel pain for adolescent patients. It will usually go away in time when the supporting ligaments catch up to the physical growth and development of the heel bone. Due to the temporary nature of Sever’s disease, surgery is not required. Instead, it is important to manage painful symptoms through the use of nonsurgical care. Icing regimens, medication, supportive shoes, stretches, shoe inserts, and casting (for severe cases) are all options that can provide ample relief.dressing them, include:
McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group is committed to providing first-class child foot care services for our patients from across the greater Sacramento, CA community. If your son or daughter is suffering from foot or ankle pain, schedule an appointment with our Carmichael foot doctor office and we will provide the effective treatment he or she needs. Call us at (916) 961-3434 for more information or request an appointment online today.