Our office is kid friendly! We see a number of children for the Amarillo area and beyond. There are a variety of problems that can affect their feet.
Arch Problems and Walking Problems
Many children start life off with low arches. We all start off with quite a bit of "baby fat". It's surprising, but this is even in the foot and especially in the instep. This makes it difficult to tell if the young child has a normal arch or not. The problem is that sometimes the arch is not normal. Parents are sometimes told that the child will outgrow this low arch or flat foot, but many do not, and they become lifelong challenges. We evaluate and treat a number of these different arch and walking concerns.
Many of our pediatric patients have pain in their heels. This makes it difficult to do the sports they like. We have developed treatments that can eliminate this heel pain rapidly. A common cause of heel pain in children is irritation of the growth plate in the heel bone (calcaneal apophysitis). Other possible causes include Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis.
Children may complain of pain in their legs during or after activity or sports. Often, this is not really growing pains but rather leg muscle pain and fatigue. Theses muscles support and control foot function. In adults this can be part of the shinsplint syndrome. Children can get a variation of this. Our clinic has very effective treatment for this condition.
Children's Sports Injuries
We also see and treat foot and ankle injuries. So many kids are doing multiple sports, and while this is great exercise, it does put an extra workload on the legs and feet. This can cause problems and injuries ranging from a simple sprain or tendonitis to a fracture that is either a simple fracture or a growth plate type of injury to the bone. Each sport seems to require slightly different treatment considerations. Some of these different sports include soccer, basketball, lacrosse, baseball, gymnastics, dance and ballet, track and field, martial arts and volleyball.
These are warts on the bottom of the feet. Compared to adults, children are often barefoot, which makes them more vulnerable to these plantar warts. The virus that causes these warts only live in human skin and they may be contagious. These warts can be painful and are often much deeper than expected. What you see on the skin is often just "the tip of the iceberg." Our office has become a treatment center for resistant plantar warts. We work with many of the local pediatricians and family practice clinics to treat these problems.
Adolescent boys in particular get ingrown toenails. They are growing so fast that their shoes can become snug fitting before they get replaced. This shoe pressure is often a causative factor in ingrown toenails.
For children, we use a combination of topical anesthetic - ethyl chloride (cold spray) and administer nitrous oxide (laughing gas). Our younger patients benefit from these techniques, as they are often very apprehensive about an injection. Generally, the patient and their parents are pleasantly surprised at how well they do.
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