Flat Feet: Addressing Arch Concerns

Flat feet, or pes planus, is a common issue among children. It occurs when the arches of the feet do not develop properly, causing the entire sole to make contact with the ground.

How to Manage Flat Feet:

  1. Observation: In most cases, flat feet in children resolve as they grow. Regular monitoring is essential.

  2. Supportive Shoes: Arch-supporting footwear can help alleviate discomfort.

  3. Custom Orthotics: A pediatric podiatrist can recommend and provide custom orthotic inserts if necessary.

Plantar Warts: Dealing with Stubborn Bumps

Plantar warts are contagious, painful growths on the soles of the feet. Children are susceptible due to their developing immune systems.

How to Treat Plantar Warts:

  1. OTC Treatments: Over-the-counter wart treatments may help, but consult a specialist for persistent warts.

  2. Professional Treatment: A pediatric podiatrist can offer a range of treatments

Sports Injuries: Keeping Young Athletes on Their Feet

Active children often face the risk of sports-related injuries, including sprained ankles, fractures, and overuse injuries. Prompt treatment is vital to ensure a swift recovery.

Sports Injury Care:

  1. Rest and Immobilization: Depending on the injury, rest and proper immobilization may be necessary.

  2. Physical Therapy: Rehabilitation exercises can aid in the healing process and prevent future injuries.

  3. Consultation with a Specialist: A pediatric podiatrist can accurately diagnose and treat sports-related foot and ankle injuries.

Eric Harmelin, DPM
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Experienced Amputation Prevention Specialist and Podiatrist in Annapolis, Stevensville, and Glen Burnie, MD.
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