Pediatric foot care can address conditions that stop your child from enjoying a playful and athletic adolescence. Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLC & Associates on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York City, provides pediatric foot care for conditions such as in-toeing, out-toeing, plantar warts, and heel pain. To learn more about pediatric foot care and what it might entail for your child, call Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLC & Associates or book an appointment online today.

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What is pediatric foot care?

Pediatric foot care is podiatry for babies, children, and adolescents. Kids are in the process of growing, and sometimes their feet and ankles develop improperly or get injuries that impact their growth and development. Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLC & Associates can examine your child’s feet and locate any abnormalities they need to address.

While not every child has podiatric injuries or complications as they grow up, some signs you might need to bring your child to a podiatrist are:

  • Walking with their feet pointed inward
  • Walking with their feet pointed outward
  • Constantly standing and walking on tip-toes
  • Observable changes in your child’s arches when they change position
  • Favoring one foot above the other
  • Foot or ankle pain

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s feet, you may visit Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLC & Associates for periodic podiatric check-ups.

Which pediatric foot conditions commonly affect kids?

Children and babies can have foot complications from birth or conditions that show up as they grow. It’s important to keep an eye on your child’s feet and walking patterns for signs of conditions such as:

  • In-toeing
  • Out-toeing
  • Toe walking
  • Flat feet
  • Plantar warts
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Calluses
  • Clubfoot
  • Sports injuries

If your child complains of heel pain or doesn’t seem to be eager to participate in their usual favorite athletic activities, it may be worth scheduling a podiatric appointment at Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLC & Associates for an examination and possible imaging tests.

What does pediatric foot care entail?

The care your child needs for a foot or ankle condition depends on the diagnosis and its severity. In many cases, pediatric foot care involves only nonsurgical treatments and training to help your child stand and walk properly and without pain.

Your child’s care plan might involve:

  • Activity modification
  • Supportive shoes
  • Custom orthotics
  • Antibiotics for possible infections (e.g. ingrown toenail)
  • In-office wart removal
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Therapeutic stretches and exercises
  • Taping
  • Immobilization

If a condition is mild or in its early stages, your child’s podiatrist at Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLC & Associates may request that you come in for regular visits so they can track the progression of the condition and treat it if or when treatment is necessary.

Schedule your child’s next appointment for pediatric foot care over the phone or online at Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLC & Associates today.