19 May Children’s Foot Care
Choosing a Pediatric Foot Doctor
You already know that Shuman Podiatry does a great job keeping Loudoun County’s adults footloose and fancy-free. But did you also know that it’s the perfect place to bring your children when they have foot problems?
Pediatric Foot Care
Good foot care is just as important for children as it is for adults. Children can develop many of the same problems that adults can, for instance:
- ingrown nail;
- fungal nail;
- Achilles tendonitis;
- plantar warts;
- unexplained heel pain.
Happy Feet for All
Children are often afraid to visit any kind of doctor. But at Shuman Podiatry, your child will be right at ease with:
- our warm, friendly staff;
- Dr. Shuman’s loving and fun-loving manner with pediatric patients;
- a doctor who takes the time to talk patiently with your child and with you;
- tests and treatments that provide the fewest “ouches” possible;
- clear explanations about treatment options and home care.
Growing Right Along
Another good reason to make an appointment with Dr. Shuman is to make sure that your child’s feet are developing normally. There are several conditions we routinely see in children who visit us.
Most toddlers have flat feet, but they grow out of this condition by about age four, when the cartilage in their feet starts turning to bone. If your child has flat feet past that age, early intervention could keep it from becoming a lifelong problem. Treatment usually involves stretching exercises and custom orthotics.
Most children do some toe walking, but if your child never seems to walk normally, that could be a sign of something serious. Toe walking can be caused by a tight Achilles tendon, emotional issues or some other developmental problem. It’s important to get the right diagnosis and treatment.
This tends to occur in physically active children aged eight or more. It’s caused by a strained Achilles tendon and leads to severe heel pain. If your child runs around a lot or plays sports, watch for signs that he or she is limping or wincing. Treatment usually includes rest, pain medication and custom orthotics.
We Treat Tiny Feet
Because they tend to be active and adventurous, children are prone to many foot problems we might think only affect adults. Your child could be miserable from warts, an ingrown nail, a fungal nail, bunions, plantar fasciitis, or any other foot condition.
Keep them walking healthy with regular foot checkups and visits to a podiatrist. At Shuman Podiatry, we treat tiny feet with the same care, attention and expertise that we treat bigger feet.
A Sporting Life
If your child is involved in sports, it’s especially important to check their feet, investigate any signs of pain, and make a doctor’s appointment if the condition persists.
Children are often good at hiding the fact that they’re in pain, so watch closely for any signs of injury, do regular foot check-ups and schedule regular podiatric appointments to catch problems early.
A Trusted Name in Loudoun County
Shuman Podiatry has established itself as the premier Loudoun County foot center, with the latest in diagnostic techniques and treatment options. Why wouldn’t you want the best for your child?
Stay in Step
Foot and heel pain are not normal. They’re caused by injury, illness or overuse. The good news is that in most cases, they can be healed. Early intervention and the right treatment will keep your child running and jumping for many happy years. Please contact Dr Shuman if you have little feet that need some extra care!