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.
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