Frequently Asked Questions about Pediatric Foot Care
Our patients are full of questions, and we provide the answers. On our FAQ page, our Las Vegas foot doctors explore the most common questions about heel pain, bunions, nail fungus, ingrown toenails, neuropathy, surgery, and more. Browse or search through our FAQ to get the answers you need.
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Should I be concerned if my child is pigeon-toed?
Intoeing, which is often described as being “pigeon-toed,” is a common gait abnormality for children. Many children’s feet appear to point inward instead of straight ahead when they stand or walk. This can be caused by multiple things, like metatarsus adductus, tibial torsion, and femoral anteversion. All of these are usually present at birth, but straighten out on their own as your child grows and begins to stand or walk. In some cases, the look persists for a while, lasting into the school-age years. Unless it causes walking difficulties for your child, though, this usually isn’t a problem. Most treatments that try to straighten this walking style don’t actually help. This is a condition to be monitored, however, since there is a rare chance that it may cause walking difficulty that doesn’t resolve, or may even be connected to neuromuscular disorders. In those unlikely cases, surgery and treating the systemic diseases can sometimes help. Let Absolute Foot Care Specialists help you take care of your child’s lower limbs and walking. Contact our Las Vegas offices for an appointment by calling (702) 839-2010 or using the web request form.
Can my child return to sports with Freiberg’s disease?
A teen or child with Freiberg’s disease can return to sports and other athletic activities once the painful forefoot symptoms are gone. When this will happen for your individual child depends on the severity of the condition and how the problem was treated. Conservative treatment for this condition involves taking a break from hard-impact activities and working to reduce the pressure on the ball of the foot so the damaged metatarsal bone can heal. Sometimes wearing stiff shoes is all this entails. Casting and removing all weight-bearing from the foot is also common. Severely damaged metatarsal heads might need more involved treatments. There are several different types of surgery to address the breakdown in the metatarsal head. Once the bone is healed, your child can usually get back to participating in and enjoying sports. Let our experts at Absolute Foot Care Specialists in Las Vegas help your child get back to his or her favorite activities. Call (702) 839-2010 or use our website to make an appointment with us.