Children Need Podiatrists, Too!
When most people think about foot doctors, they tend to associate the practice with mature, “well-used” feet. But the truth is “new” feet sometimes require attention, too.
Why? Here are some reasons:
- In the first year, your child’s feet grow, change shape, and expand rapidly. If he or she wears shoes that are too small or too tight, it could impact their development.
- As a toddler, your child begins taking his or her first steps. This is the time they learn how to run, play, and move freely. Sometimes, children learn how to walk by standing on their toes. This is common and easily treated if stopped early.
- Throughout adolescence, your child plays on the playground, joins a sports team, and runs around freely – and sometimes injuries can happen. Without proper treatment, your child’s growing bones could be permanently damaged.
That being said, you should always keep in mind that children sometimes are unable to recognize when there is a problem. A painful heel or ingrown toenail can easily go unnoticed merely because children don’t quite know how to communicate their symptoms.
So it’s important that you pay close attention to your child’s walking gait and feet shape. And if they ever complain of discomfort in their feet or ankles, your best course of action is to come in and visit our office for a better evaluation. By catching foot injuries early, you could improve your child’s future.
Orthotics for Kids
Just like with adults, custom orthotics are one of the most effective treatment solutions for kids who have underlying structural or biomechanical problems with their feet and ankles—including flat feet, high arches, overpronation, in-toeing and out-toeing, and others.
At Heartland Foot & Ankle Associates, we provide high quality orthotic inserts—including custom orthotics—for teens, adolescents, and even young children. If your child is dealing with chronic pain and struggling to keep up with peers, there is a great chance that the right set of orthotics will greatly benefit them.
However, we understand that, since kids grow so quickly, one pair of orthotics isn’t likely to last very long—and parents are understandably concerned about expenses. That’s why we offer our affordable orthotics outgrowth program!
- All kids under age 13 are eligible to enroll.
- For three years after you enroll, any new pair of custom orthotics your child needs after the first one costs just $99 each, no matter how many times your child outgrows them.
Simply put, we think all kids deserve the highest quality care and support for their feet and ankles, and we’re committed to making sure that care is as affordable and accessible as possible!
Are Orthotics the Right Choice for My Child?
If your child is having trouble keeping up or playing without pain, failure to address the problem now can have profound long-term consequences. Custom orthotics may be the solution—and they’re simpler, more comfortable, and more affordable than you might think!
Interested in learning more? Let’s get in touch.
Going to the Doctor Doesn’t Have to Be Scary
We know that going to a doctor’s office can be a scary proposition for a kid, especially a specialist clinic that doesn’t exclusively deal with pediatrics. But it doesn’t have to be!
At Heartland Foot & Ankle Associates, we work hard to make each appointment a warm, welcome, and inviting one for your child—as well as any other children who might be tagging along on the trip! We are always well stocked with special snacks and treats, coloring books, toys, and other exciting things for your little ones.
And as parents ourselves, we love working with kids and always take time to smile, encourage them, and explain every test or treatment we need to perform in language that kids can understand. Although we can’t promise there will never be a meltdown, we do everything we can to make sure your child feels valued and loved—because they are!
So if you’re concerned that your child’s feet are in pain, or may not be developing correctly or on time, please call us to schedule an appointment right away! As doctors, there’s no greater satisfaction than helping ensure your little one is on the right path to lifelong healthy feet!