Pediatric Foot Care Specialist

Colorado Foot + Ankle Sports Medicine -  - Podiatric Surgeon and Foot & Ankle Specialist

Colorado Foot + Ankle Sports Medicine

Podiatric Surgeons and Foot & Ankle Specialists & Podiatrists located in Parker, CO

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, Ryan Muchowski, DPM, 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.

Pediatric Foot Care Q & A

How does pediatric foot care differ from general podiatry?

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:

  • Congenital issues and problems that develop as a child grows
  • Proper treatment of injuries to prevent mobility problems as children grow into adulthood
  • Helping kids develop a healthy gait and avoid sports-related injuries

The team at Colorado Foot + Ankle Sports Medicine has extensive experience treating children, and they have 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:

  • Flat feet
  • Pronation issues (excessive “rolling” of the foot during walking)
  • In-toeing (or “pigeon-toeing”)
  • Warts and athlete’s foot
  • Tendon- or ligament-related issues

What techniques are used to diagnose and assess pediatric foot problems?

The team at Colorado Foot + Ankle Sports Medicine begins with a careful evaluation of your child’s feet and ankles as well as their gait. They'll also review your child’s medical history and ask about your child’s activities and lifestyle. In some cases, they 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.

Do children require special treatment for their injuries and other problems that affect their feet and ankles?

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 guidance regarding activities, which can include injury prevention strategies and other techniques to ensure your child heals properly and completely.