Children’s medical needs can vary significantly from those of adults, especially when growth and development play a role. Pediatric foot care focuses on treating lower-extremity issues in kids from infants through the teen years to help them stay active and healthy and promote optimal growth and development. At Colorado Foot + Ankle Sports Medicine, podiatrists Kevin Blue, DPM, FACFAS, Derek Ley, DPM, AACFAS, and the skilled team use techniques and methods specifically tailored for the pediatric population, helping children and teens in and around Parker, Colorado, enjoy optimal health and wellness throughout childhood and well into adulthood.
Childhood is a time of very rapid growth and development, and that means children can face some very significant issues during this time that require specialized care and treatment to prevent long-term disability. Pediatric foot care focuses on these unique needs, including:
Dr. Blue has extensive experience treating children, and he has a special interest in pain and other issues related to the structure of the foot and the way the foot and ankle work together to support walking and other activities. Kids face many of the same podiatry issues as their parents, as well as some issues unique to childhood. Common issues include:
As a skilled pediatric podiatrist, Dr. Blue begins with a careful evaluation of your child’s feet and ankles as well as their gait. He’ll also review your child’s medical history and ask about your child’s activities and lifestyle. In some cases, he may order X-rays or other diagnostic exams to confirm or rule out specific diagnoses or to assess the extent of an injury or other issues before determining the best course of treatment.
Yes. Because children are growing and developing at a very rapid pace, they heal much differently (and much faster) than their parents and other adults. Treatment must take these issues into account while also ensuring the child will grow and develop properly as they age. Sometimes an injury can damage the growth plates, the ends of the bones where growth occurs. Treating damage in these areas requires specific expertise to prevent lifelong deformities and mobility problems. Plus, kids (and their parents) benefit from the guidance Dr. Blue provides with regard to your child’s activities, which can include injury prevention strategies and other techniques to ensure your child heals properly and completely.
"Extremely knowledgeable about foot and ankle conditions. Wonderful doctor, great office and staff, would recommend his services to anyone."
"Dr. Blue has great bedside manner and is a great surgeon as well. He has cared for many of my patients, friends and co-workers and the feedback is always excellent."
"I was lucky enough to be referred to Dr. Blue and he was able to come up with a treatment plan that has cleared up my gout issues and has given me a new hop in my step."
"I am very selective about the doctors I see, so I chose Dr. Blue based on his reviews and certifications. Dr. Blue is thorough and detailed oriented."