When little feet get proper care, they grow into healthy and pain-free adult feet. But, far too many children don’t receive the podopediatrics (pediatric podiatry) care they need. At Stockdale Podiatry Group, the dedicated podiatrists offer comprehensive foot care for all members of your family, including the youngest. At their offices located in Bakersfield, Delano, and Porterville, California, the doctors offer podopediatrics to help with all children’s foot needs, from treating injuries to optimizing little feet for athletics. Book an appointment by calling the nearest office or scheduling online.
Podopediatrics is podiatry focused on the foot and ankle care needs of children. Pediatricians look after your child’s whole-body care, but when there’s an issue with the foot or ankle, your child needs to see a specialist — the podopediatricians at Stockdale Podiatry Group.
Some of the many issues that the pediatric podiatry team at Stockdale Podiatry Group treats include:
The Stockdale Podiatry Group team can also treat any urgent foot or ankle needs, like playground accidents and sports injuries.
Foot problems aren’t always easy to see. But, if you know the symptoms to watch out for, you can get your child back on track right away. Some signs of foot problems in kids include:
If your child frequently stumbles or trips for no obvious reason, it might indicate a foot issue like flat feet or a pronation (heel alignment) problem.
If your child points their toes inwards or outwards, rolls their ankle in or out, or has other irregularities while moving, they might have a structural foot issue that requires immediate attention.
If your child has flat feet both when they’re at rest and standing, it can potentially lead to long-term issues with foot, ankle, and leg alignment. However, flat feet that have an arch while standing is normal for children until they develop a full arch at around age 6.
If your child is not playing like they normally do, or if they seem to prefer sitting to walking, running, and jumping around, they could have foot issues. Young kids might simply avoid anything that causes discomfort or pain, especially if they can’t quite explain the problem.
Foot problems aren’t always obvious in children, so a regular yearly visit with the foot doctors can help ensure that your child stays on the right track as they grow up.
Stockdale Podiatry Group offers podopediatrics as part of their comprehensive foot and ankle care for all ages. Book your child’s visit with the warm and caring podiatry team by calling the nearest office or using the online scheduler.