When children complain of foot or ankle pain, it can indicate a genuine structural problem. Podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Rosenblatt can diagnose and treat common pediatric foot conditions, so your child grows up walking and functioning normally. If you’re in the Metro Tech area of Brooklyn or West Hempstead, New York, call his office for an appointment or use the online booking tool to set up a consultation.
Your child’s primary care physician may notice dysfunction or abnormality in your child’s feet that suggests they should see a specialist. Dr. Rosenblatt is happy to take these referrals.
Or you might also notice an abnormality (such as hammertoes) or an infection (such as an ingrown toenail) that would benefit from a podiatrist’s care. Dr. Rosenblatt also welcomes self-referrals.
If your child complains of pain when walking, running, or playing, have them examined. Dr. Rosenblatt will determine if flat feet, pigeon toes, or another foot anomaly is the cause and provide appropriate treatment.
If the entire sole of your child’s foot touches the ground while they’re standing, they have a flat foot. You may hear the condition diagnosed as fallen arches, pes planus, or posterior tibial tendon dysfunction.
Most pediatric cases of flat feet are the type known as a flexible flat foot. But don’t panic if your infant or toddler appears to have a flat foot: Children under age 6 have a fat pad on the soles of their feet, and the arch doesn’t develop until later.
Seek treatment for flat foot early to prevent progression, changes to your child’s gait, or muscle imbalances. Dr. Rosenblatt may suggest special shoes, custom orthotics, bracing or casting, physical therapy, or, in rare cases, surgery.
Another common pediatric foot condition, pigeon toes often occur in children younger than 2 and corrects itself with no intervention. But if you notice your child’s toes continue to point inward as they age, that warrants podiatric intervention. If your child nears age 8 and their toes point inward more than seems healthy, it’s a good idea to set up a consultation with Dr. Rosenblatt.
Treatment for pigeon toes includes leg braces that correct the position of your child’s bones or feet. Your child may also need specific molds to correct the shape of their foot. Surgery is sometimes required to adjust the positioning of the bones that cause pigeon toes.
If you’re concerned about your child’s feet, consult Dr. Rosenblatt. He offers 30 years of experience in treating pediatric foot issues. Call or book an appointment online today.