The feet are the foundation of your body because they provide you with stability, mobility, and support. Taking care of your child's feet from the first years of life will result in a better quality of life in the future. At Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland, we provide professional pediatric foot care in our six podiatry offices in Silver Spring, Kensington, Olney, Camp Springs, and Laurel, MD.
Pediatric foot care is vital for growing up with healthy feet into adulthood. Parents must keep in mind that their children cannot explain their symptoms and feelings clearly. That makes the parents highly responsible for noticing the walking pattern and foot shape of their child. If your child needs pediatric foot care in Silver Spring, MD, then an immediate visit to your podiatrist is necessary.
Common pediatric foot problems
Some conditions can lead to other problems in adulthood if not treated in early childhood. The followings are some common examples of such conditions:
- In-toeing: with this foot disorder, the child’s foot points inward instead of being straight while walking. In-toeing is usually a painless condition that may happen at any time during childhood.
- Out-toeing: in this case, your child’s foot will point outward instead of being straight while walking. Out-toeing is usually a self-limiting condition that will correct on its own. Sometimes, this condition may be a sign of other bone diseases. Visiting your podiatrist will help in determining the underlying cause of this condition and giving the needed treatment.
- Toe-walking: this walking pattern can be seen when the child walks on the balls of their foot without touching the ground with their heel. This walking pattern is considered normal when it happens before two years of age. If toe-walking persists after age two, then there is an underlying problem that needs medical supervision.
At Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland, your child will receive excellent pediatric foot care in Spring Silver, MD. We also have convenient office locations in Kensington, Olney, Camp Springs, and Laurel, MD. Contact us at any time to book your appointment. Call (301) 439-0300 for the Silver Spring, MD, office, (301) 924-5044 for the Onley, MD, office, (301) 868-7670 for the Camp Springs, MD, office, (301) 942-8110 for the Kensington, MD, office, and (301) 317-6800 for the Laurel, MD, and Maple Lawn, MD, offices.