Pediatric Foot & Ankle Care Specialist

Hoosier Foot & Ankle

Podiatrists & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Carmel, Fishers, Franklin, Greenwood, Indianapolis, Kokomo, and Zionsville, IN

Between injuries, developmental issues, and genetic defects, children can go through an array of problems with their feet and ankles. To ensure your little one recovers and develops healthfully, schedule them an evaluation at Hoosier Foot & Ankle. Because the team of leading podiatrists has five convenient locations throughout the Greater Indianapolis area and Kokomo, you have an office nearby. Book your child’s exam online, or call your closest clinic.

Pediatric Foot & Ankle Care Q & A

When should my child see a podiatrist?

Since podiatrists have advanced training in all issues involving the feet, ankles, and lower leg, they can help your child with a realm of issues. It might be time to bring your child in for an evaluation if they:

  • Are pigeon-toed after age 5
  • Have crossover toes or club feet
  • Experience ingrown toenails
  • Develop plantar warts
  • Have bunions or bunionettes
  • Aren’t walking by 18-24 months
  • Have an injury or go through a trauma

Your child’s bone structure in their feet should be well-formed by age 8. So any issues with pediatric in-toeing or out-toeing — or similar issues — should be resolved by then. If you’re still noticing that your child seems to have some deformities, or if their gait is off while walking, it’s important for them to have a thorough pediatric foot and ankle evaluation.

What are growth plate injuries?

Usually, the leading cause of limping in children is because of growth plate injuries. When the long bones in your body develop, they grow from each end around the growth plate, rather than from the center. The growth plate is the last part of the bone to harden, so during your child’s younger years, they’re vulnerable to growth plate injuries, which can stem from:

  • Trauma or injury
  • Overuse during sports
  • Abnormal growth

Since growth plate injuries can be painful and can increase your child’s risk of bone fractures, you need to bring your little one to Hoosier Foot & Ankle as soon as you notice issues, or as soon as an injury occurs.

How are pediatric foot and ankle issues treated?

Because several of the caring podiatrists at Hoosier Foot & Ankle have advanced training in pediatric care, you can feel confident that your child is going to get the treatment they need, in a compassionate environment. Depending on your child’s diagnosis, their treatment plan could include:

  • Night braces
  • Casting
  • Custom orthotics
  • Specialized splints
  • Corrective shoes

Your dedicated podiatrist monitors your child closely to ensure they get the care they need for proper development and healing.

Schedule your child’s pediatric foot and ankle exam at Hoosier Foot & Ankle by requesting an appointment online. You can also call the office to book.

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