Children encounter foot and ankle problems everyday. Some are related to the development of the body over the course of time. Many conditions can be fixed if caught in their early stages. Some of the most important developmental disorders of the foot to look for in your growing child are as follows:

  1. Flat Feet – Having flat feet is a very common occurrence in children all over the United States. Usually, if a child has flat feet, one of their relatives also has flat feet. This is because flat foot syndrome is genetic. Specifically, it is caused by the lax tendons and ligaments in the arch of the foot. Shoes are not known to aid in the growing of an arch. If a flat foot is soft then it is normal and you can proceed regularly. If the flat foot is rigid it is important that you call a podiatrist right away. By age 5 you can usually tell whether or not your child has a flat foot. Patients that suffer from a painful flatfoot can use orthotics to aid them.
  2. Intoeing – This is also known as being “pigeon toed.” Usually the root cause of intoeing is not actually the feet, but is actually the hips and lower body. The hips and lower body rotate inward and create an abnormal gait called intoeing. Twisting a shin bone is one of the most common causes of intoeing in children between ages 1 and 2. Thigh bone torsion usually causes intoeing for children ages 3 to 15. Sometimes in more severe cases, surgery is used to help correct the problem.
  3. Knock-Knees – This is a condition where the knees touch but ankles do not during standing. It usually affects children between ages 3 and 7 and typically improves and straightens out by age 11. Sometimes bracing is used to help aid in the correction of the disorder.
  4. Bowlegs – This condition in which knees are apart while ankles stay together is typical for infants 12-24 months in age and can occur all the way up to age 2. Many people with this condition have legs that are stable and symmetric. A lot of the time, the condition spontaneously resolves itself. Bracing and surgery are sometimes used to correct this disorder.

Does your child have flat feet? Are their feet angled inward when they walk? Do they knock their knees? It is time to consult with a podiatrist. James C. Ricketti, DPM, located in Hamilton Square, New Jersey can help you examine, diagnose, and treat your child and their developmental disorder. Dr. James C. Ricketti and Dr. Stephen J. Skokan have been helping patients with all severities of developmental disorders for years and is confident that he can help you too. Call 609-587-1674 or request an appointment online today.

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