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What is pediatric podiatry?

Pediatric podiatry focuses on caring for a child’s growing feet. Specialists are trained to diagnose and treat conditions related to normal and abnormal development of the feet and ankles.

Feet make up about 25 percent of a person’s bones, and their care can be quite complex. And foot care for children is quite different from that for adults. Pain or other conditions involving the feet must be evaluated because they can affect a child’s walking and development.

What conditions do pediatric podiatrists treat?

Pediatric podiatrists treat children and adolescent patients for ailments from the ankle and below, including:

  • Newborn congenital deformities of the foot and ankle
  • Bone and joint deformities of the foot and ankle
  • Fractures and sprains of the foot and ankle
  • Skin and soft tissue problems (including in-grown toenails and soft-tissue masses)
  • Abscesses, puncture wounds, and foreign bodies in the foot and ankle

A pediatric podiatrist also ensures your child’s feet are developing normally and measures them for appropriate shoe size.

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