Pediatric Podiatrist Frisco
The sound of little happy feet running through the house is something that every parent cherishes. But even kids’ feet need help sometimes too, and there are some common issues that they can develop. That’s why Dr. Verville loves when she gets the chance to work with children and why she is so proud to be a pediatric podiatrist. Frisco parents that are worried about their children’s feet and are looking for a gentle podiatrist with pediatric experience should call Dr. Verville today at (214) 385-8822.
Dr. Verville has received extensive training from nationally recognized surgeons in pediatric orthopedic surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. She has also performed over 1,500 foot and ankle surgeries over the last 10 years. If you’re hoping to work with one of the most well-respected podiatrists in the state, then make sure you contact Dr. Verville today.
Common Foot and Ankle Ailments for Children
When people think about taking their kids to the doctor, they usually think of their pediatrician. It’s much less common for parents to have to take their kids to a pediatric podiatrist. Frisco parents are often shocked to learn that there are podiatrists that specialize in foot issues for kids. However, because children’s feet are still developing and growing, problems that occur at such a young age can have much larger consequences as they get older.
In fact, there are quite a few common problems that kids can run into when it comes to their feet, toes, and ankles.
- Heel pain – If your child has pain in their heels, it could be caused by some deformation in the heel bone. It can also be caused by a fracture, tumor, or some other infection.
- Flat feet – In podiatry, having flat feet means exactly what it sounds like: the feet have an insufficient arch in the middle. While kids are born with very flat feet, they develop their arches later on. However, in some children this process may take longer. Not every Frisco patient experiences pain from flat feet, but it can still cause a whole host of issues later on in life.
- Toe-walking – If your child is walking on their tip toes, it can sometimes be just a “phase” that self-corrects. However, if it persists–especially if the child only does it with one of their feet–then treatment may be necessary to lengthen the Achilles tendon (the thick tendon at the back of the heel).
- Pigeon-toe – When someone is “pigeon toed” it means that their toes and feet point inward when they walk. While this is sometimes normal for the first two years after the child starts walking, if it persists it should be treated.
- Ingrown toenails – There are few conditions more painful than an ingrown toenail, especially for our younger patients in Frisco. One of the best things parents can do when they discover their child limping from an ingrown toenail is to treat it immediately. Ingrown toenails are one of the most common issues Dr. Verville treats at the practice.
- Plantar warts – Warts that appear on the bottom of the feet are called plantar warts. Children are much more susceptible than adults to the virus that causes warts. Warts are also extremely contagious. This is why parents should bring their child in to get their plantar warts treated as soon as possible.
Getting Treatment from a Pediatric Podiatrist
Frisco parents are usually very interested in exactly how Dr. Verville will treat their child’s particular issue. Dr. Verville has always tried to correct her patient’s issues using the most conservative, non-invasive approach first–something that is unique to her as a pediatric podiatrist. Frisco parents love this aspect of her practice. While the exact method of treatment will obviously vary greatly depending on the ailment, we wanted to describe a few of the most common treatment methods that we use.
- Custom orthotics – An “orthotic” is a medical device that is shaped to the patient’s body to change how the tissues, bones, and muscles develop. Orthotics can be created for a huge range of issues, and some orthotics can be worn at night. From shoe inserts and ankle braces to knee braces, Dr. Verville often prescribes orthotics for her patients.
- Non-surgical methods – There are some other types of non-surgical methods that can correct childhood foot and ankle issues. For example, some problems can be corrected just by changing how a child sits on the ground.
One of the main things that parents should consider is that foot and ankle issues in childhood can have a very significant influence on how your child walks, runs, and moves around for the rest of their life. Getting treatment early is one of the best ways to not only correct the ailment quickly but also ensure that their bodies develop properly. Call our Frisco office today at (214) 385-8822 to get started.