- Legs seem curved
- Walking on tiptoes
- Flat Feet
- Pain in heels
- Improper alignment
- Tripping frequently
- Family history of feet pathology
- Skin and nail problems
- Frequent complaints of fatigue
Podiatric Prevention & Treatment
The Role of Podopediatrics
Parents who identify an anomaly in the gait of their children or in the alignment of the feet should consult a podiatrist. He will make a diagnosis and plan the necessary treatment. Even if the child does not complain of pain, problems may be present. In addition, some diseases can appear in the form of injuries.
Prevention in Children
Preventive methods involve purchasing proper shoes, attentiveness when the child participates in sports, the prescription of custom foot orthotics and other equipment useful in biomechanical development. Furthermore, it is recommended to consult a podiatrist if a parent were to find a skin or nail problem in their child, such as plantar warts, ingrown toenails, sprains, etc.
The Podiatric Examination
Each patient receives a complete biomechanical examination, and a follow-up, thanks to CryoVizion, a scientifically proven technology. During the consultation, the podiatrist performs a medical-imaging exam to understand the child’s posture accurately. He then determines the best treatment that he validates by following-up the progress of the posture and biomechanics.
What Common Symptoms Warrant a Podopediatric Consultation?
Among active children, the majority of foot and ankle problems are associated with minor trauma and repetitive stress combined with abnormal biomechanics. Older children may experience pain in a specific region of the feet or legs. Toddlers may limp or walk abnormally.
At What Age Can a Child Be Seen by a Podiatrist?
Children can be seen from the age of two weeks. During the critical period of foot development, posture and biomechanics must be carefully overseen. Thus, the podiatrist can treat abnormalities permanently before the end of the growth that marks adolescence. If necessary, the podiatrist will interact with your family doctor, physiotherapist, or pediatrician.
Why Consult a Podiatrist?
A parent may see a podiatrist to treat, correct, and prevent foot problems in their child. In most podopediatric cases, there are no traumatic events, despite the emergence of the problem. It is therefore essential to see a podiatrist to ensure the health of your child’s feet.