Many issues with the feet and ankles begin in childhood, often as the result of underlying congenital conditions. Other conditions arise from infections, injuries, and general wear and tear. As with any other aspect of your child’s health, we know you want them to receive the absolute best care when it comes to their feet and ankles. At Superior Foot and Ankle Care, our highly qualified podiatrists provide the best pediatric foot care services in the Long Beach area. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Vikki or Dr. Connie, contact us today. We treat all sorts of conditions related to the feet and ankles. To give you some idea of what all we can treat, see the list below.
Plantar warts, one of the most common conditions we treat in our pediatric patients, are hard growths on the heels or balls of the feet. Children and teenagers are among the groups most likely to develop this condition. Warts are caused by a viral infection that gets in through tiny cuts on the skin. Luckily these warts are very easily treated. We may recommend the use of topical medication, freezing (cryotherapy), or a minor surgical procedure to cut the plantar wart out. The right treatment for your child will depend on our assessment, and multiple methods may be used together to completely eradicate the wart.
Ingrown Toe Nails
Most of the time, ingrown toenails develop because the nail has been trimmed improperly. Eventually, kids reach the age where they are too old to really want Mom and Dad to do the trimming, but they may not have the proper technique down for themselves. In other cases, kids begin to outgrow their shoes; when their shoes are too tight, the nail can be pushed into the skin. Whatever the issue is, we can treat it so that your child’s nail can grow in comfortably. Ingrown toenails are treated by lifting the nail or removing it, in part or in full. We know how painful ingrown nails can be, and that’s why we offer a full range of nail services from professional pedicures toenail fungus treatment.
Flatfeet are a foot condition characterized by arches that touch the ground. They usually develop in childhood; or, rather, the arches fail to develop in childhood and this leads to flatfeet. Infants and toddlers have flatfeet (which is normal) because the arches develop throughout childhood. Most children develop arches in their feet by age four to six. If your child experiences foot pain or fatigue during long walks, you can visually check to see if the arches have developed. If not, we can assess the presence of flatfeet and recommend a number of treatment options. Usually this means simple inserts that help train the bones of the feet to shape themselves into a more arched form, but it can occasionally mean surgery if not caught early enough. Even if your child does need surgery however, our expert orthopedic foot surgeons can help fix any issues that may persist, and thereby keep your child from suffering further damage or painful complications.
Although it’s mostly adults complain of aching feet, we commonly treat heel pain in children. This is usually caused by plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, or Sever’s disease (calcaneal apophysitis). These conditions are caused by issues with the plantar fascia (a long band of tissue connecting the heel to the forefoot), the Achilles tendon (which connects the heel to the lower leg muscles), or the growth plate in the heel, respectively. Both Dr. Vikki and Dr. Connie have a wealth of experience identifying and treating these common conditions.
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We know how important your child’s health is to you, and we want to help ensure their feet (and your peace of mind) are maintained with the best care possible. We have long been known as the place to go for those in Long Beach who need expert foot care for themselves, or for their children. Give us a call or contact us on the web today to ensure your child’s feet get healthy, and stay healthy.