Pediatric Podiatrist in Walnut Creek, CA
If your child is experiencing problems with their feet or ankles, bring them to Bay Area Foot and Ankle Associates for professional care. For more information, call us or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient location to serve you in Walnut Creek, CA.
Table of Contents:
What are children’s foot problems?
Why would someone be referred to a podiatrist?
Why might your child see a podiatrist?
What does a pediatric podiatrist do?
Pediatric podiatry is the medical specialty concerned with the health and treatment of the feet, ankles and lower legs in children and young adults. Pediatric podiatrists are trained to identify and correct problems with foot and ankle alignment and function. They also treat physical deformities and injuries, such as club feet and hammertoes, in children and young adults. They are the leading professionals when it comes to foot and ankle care in the developing musculoskeletal system of kids and adolescents.
While many foot problems are commonly associated with aging, there are a number of foot and ankle complications that can affect children. The most common pediatric foot problems include:
Ingrown Toenail: Most common on the big toe, an ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of the nail grows into the skin adjacent to it; this causes pain and increases the risk of infection.
Plantar Warts: A plantar wart is a skin lesion on the sole of the foot that is caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV. Because they have a similar appearance to corns and calluses, plantar warts are often mistaken for these other protrusions. However, plantar warts can be identified by their characteristic appearance of tiny black dots within the lesion, a unique feature.
Flat Feet: Pes planus or flat feet are feet with minimal to no arches, which can lead to a number of structural and mobility issues if not addressed.
Heel Pain: Heel pain can be caused by a number of different conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, which is the inflammation of the plantar fascia, the thick band of tissue that connects the heel to the ball of the foot.
Patients are often referred to a podiatrist when they are experiencing foot or ankle problems, such as plantar fasciitis, hammertoe, or chronic pain.
Podiatrists are the leading professionals when it comes to treating foot and ankle injuries, diseases and complications, and are often seen for:
– Pediatric ankle pain
– Foot pain
– Heel pain
– Toe pain
– Ingrown toenails
– Plantar warts
– Toenail fungus
– Flat feet
– Sports injuries
There are a number of different reasons why a child might see a podiatrist, including the most common pediatric issues related to the feet and ankles, such as:
– Flat Feet (little to no arch)
– In-Toeing (toes point inward)
– Toe Walking (walking on tiptoes)
– Knock-Knees (knees touch when standing straight)
– Heel Pain (such as plantar fasciitis)
– Bow Legs (legs bend outward)
A pediatric podiatrist is a doctor who specializes in caring for conditions that affect the feet and ankles of children, usually those between the ages of birth and 18 years old. They provide medical care for disorders and injuries of the feet and ankles, such as sprains, fractures, infections and warts. They also perform surgery on the feet and ankles, such as repairing soft-tissue damage or treating a severe fracture.
Pediatric podiatrists also provide:
– Routine care for feet and ankles
– School-required examinations
– X-rays for sports and other injuries
– Sports medicine
– Pain relief
– Taping/strapping for some foot/ankle issues
– Biomechanical assessments
– Custom foot orthotics made with traditional casting
– Surgical procedures, when necessary
Call us today to book an appointment with our pediatric podiatrist, or visit one of our two clinics: we have one in Walnut Creek, CA (Near Rossmoor). We look forward to serving you! We serve patients from Walnut Creek CA, Danville CA, Concord CA, Pleasant Hill CA, Pittsburg CA, Alamo CA, Antioch CA, and Oakley CA.
Additional Services You May Need
▸Custom Foot Orthotics
▸Ingrown Toenail Specialist
▸Traditional Podiatry Care
▸Foot and Ankle Surgery Clinic
▸Corns and Calluses
▸Foot Arthritis and Joint
▸Video Gait Analysis
▸Pediatric Foot Specialist
▸Chronic Foot Injury
▸Diabetic Foot Specialist
▸Acute Foot Injuries
▸Podiatric Sports Services
▸Plantar Fasciitis Specialists