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Feet are the foundation of the rest of the body. If your feet have problems that cause you pain, it can be hard to go about daily activities. This is true for adults, but is especially true for children. Babies, toddlers, and younger children are just learning to walk, run, and jump. They need to have functional feet that allow them to learn to walk and run properly. If a baby or toddler has problems with their feet, it can impair their entire development.

If you suspect that your child is experiencing any kind of

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foot issue, it is best to seek medical attention as soon as possible. For many different developmental conditions, early treatment is much more effective. Contact our office to find out how our pediatric foot doctor in Orange County can help your child.

Why should I bring my child to a pediatric foot doctor?

A specialist in pediatrics is one who focuses on the needs of babies, children, and adolescents. Trained pediatric foot doctors work directly with problems that are specific to this particular age group, and have specific training and expertise in the different conditions and illnesses that can surface as a child develops and grows.

In many cases, a pediatric doctor can detect problems that even parents cannot see. This is one of the many reasons why it is helpful to have your child evaluated by a pediatric foot doctor in Orange County. Sometimes, your child’s primary doctor will spot an issue and refer you to our office for further evaluation.

What are the signs of foot problems in children?

Pediatric Foot Doctor in Orange County by Mission Viejo Foot and Ankle Surgeon  (1)In many cases, parents are well aware that they may be problems with a child’s feet before they consult with a pediatric foot doctor in Orange County. Such signs typically include a baby’s failure to crawl after a certain age, as well as a baby’s failure to use their feet correctly once they have started walking. Parents may notice problems with a baby’s gait as they walk, including walking on their toes or falling down frequently. Such problems are not uncommon, but if they persist. It is often best to get help as soon as possible. Waiting too long may allow the problem to continue and lead to additional problems that need to be fixed.

What does consultation entail?

The first consultation with your pediatric foot doctor in Orange County is likely to focus on the child’s history and background. Parents can expect to be asked questions about the child’s birth, including whether or not the birth was vaginal or a C-section, as well as any kind of medical interventions that have been necessary since the child was born, such as a bout of jaundice or minor surgery for a hernia.

Parents should be prepared to present detailed records about their child, including the child’s vaccine records. There will be many questions to answer about the child’s siblings and any related foot problems in family members. Parents will need to answer questions about their health history as well, and provide information about any previous foot related problems. This detailed medical history helps the doctor to get a full picture of the child’s foot issues, and is an important step in diagnosing and then treating a problem.

How are pediatric foot problems treated?

Pediatric Foot Doctor in Orange County by Mission Viejo Foot and Ankle Surgeon  (2)After an initial consultation with a parent, your pediatric foot doctor in Orange County will have a careful look at the baby or child. This will involve watching how the child crawls, walks, or jumps. If the child is verbal, he or she may be asked to speak about areas that they experience pain or discomfort. If the child is not verbal, the doctor will carefully observe to see if there are any issues of discomfort or dysfunction with certain movements. In some cases, tests are needed to determine the severity of the condition or to rule out other possible causes.

Treatments depend on the exact condition that is being experienced. For some children, conservative treatments like physical therapy, rest, and custom orthotics are all that is needed. For other children, surgery is necessary to correct foot deformities and to relieve pain and discomfort. Surgery is needed in rare cases, and only if it is absolutely needed.

Contact our office today to find out how we can help your child with any foot or ankle related problems. Our staff is welcoming and child-friendly, so your baby, toddler, or preschooler will feel welcomed and comfortable during their consultation and treatment.