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Screenings and Check-Ups for Children’s Foot Health

Regular screenings for foot problems in children can be important for early detection and intervention, ensuring healthy foot development and optimal mobility. Pediatric foot screenings typically involve assessing various aspects of foot anatomy, alignment, and function. Screenings may include evaluating arch development, toe alignment, walking patterns, and range of motion in the joints. Podiatrists may also check for signs of common pediatric foot conditions, such as flat feet, toe-walking, or excessive pronation. Treatment options may include custom-made orthotic devices, physical therapy, or footwear modifications. Parents can facilitate foot health in children by ensuring they wear properly fitting shoes, encouraging regular physical activity, and addressing any concerns about foot pain or abnormal gait promptly. If you have a child with foot issues you are concerned about, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact one of our podiatrists of Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, PC. Our practitioners can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Gainesville and Dulles, VA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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