When you bring your child into the podiatrist’s office, the specialist will examine your child’s walk and gait. They will also observe how your child stands to see if their feet turn inwards or to look at how your child’s hips are positioned. Your podiatrist may also recommend imaging tests to look at the alignment of the bones.
While a pediatrician may be the first person to look at and diagnose your child’s pigeon toes, a pediatric podiatrist is going to be able to provide your little one with the specialized treatment and care they need.
Most parents are relieved to find out that many children grow out of mild to moderate forms of pigeon toes. While this may take a few years, this is nothing to worry about and children won’t require special treatment or care.
However, if this issue is detected in your infant, they may need to wear a cast on the feet to fix the alignment before your child begins walking. A podiatrist can also show you a series of stretches and massages that can help the bones grow into the proper alignment.
If your child’s pigeon toes are still causing them issues by 10 years old, then you may want to talk with your podiatrist about whether surgery may be necessary to correct these bone alignment issues.
- Seek immediate medical attention (head to your local ER)
- You may need a tetanus shot if it’s been more than 10 years since your last shot
- Schedule an appointment with your podiatrist within 24 hours of the injury
- Your podiatrist will provide you with a variety of care instructions to keep it clean and disinfected (make sure to follow all of these instructions)
- New or worsening pain
- Skin that’s warm to the touch
Find out which foot injuries require a trip to the podiatrist's office.
Foot pain is never normal and yet it’s something that the majority of Americans have dealt with. Foot pain and injuries can greatly impact your life and affect what activities you can enjoy. Here in Pennsauken, and Turnersville, NJ, our podiatrists have seen a wide range of foot and ankle injuries but here are the most common ones, and how we treat them.
If you participate in high-impact activities such as running, you may be prone to stress fractures. Signs of a stress fracture include severe pain, swelling, tenderness, and even bruising.
- When to see a doctor: If you suspect that you might have a stress fracture you must see your Turnersville, NJ, podiatrist as soon as possible. You want to make sure that you get the proper care to prevent the bone from breaking completely.
- How to treat it: While waiting to see the podiatrist it’s best to rest the foot as much as possible, making sure to elevate, ice, and use compression bandages to help ease pain and swelling. Your podiatrist will provide you with treatment options and care instructions depending on the severity of the stress fracture.
This inflammatory condition is the main cause of heel pain and surfaces as a result of overuse. If you experience pain on the bottom of the heel that is worse in the morning, then chances are good that it’s plantar fasciitis. It can take several weeks for plantar fasciitis to go away.
- When to see a doctor: While heel pain can often be treated at home with rest and proper care, you may want to see your podiatrist if your heel pain is getting worse, doesn’t respond to home care, or is severe.
- How to treat it: Plantar fasciitis can often be treated with rest, icing, compression, and foot exercises. You may also want to brace the foot while sleeping to reduce pain and stiffness in the morning.
Around 25,000 people sprain their ankles every day in the US, and each year more than 1 million people go to the ER for ankle injuries. A sprain occurs when the ligaments on the outside of the ankle become overstretched or torn.
- When to see a doctor: if you experience severe pain or swelling, or if you can’t put weight on the ankle without dealing with pain, then you must turn to our Pennsauken, NJ, podiatrist for care.
- How to treat it: Minor ankle sprains can be eased through the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, elevation), but more severe sprains may benefit from an ankle boot, crutches, bracing, physical therapy, and special exercises.
The podiatrists at Regional Foot and Ankle Specialists provide comprehensive care to the Pennsauken and Turnersville, NJ, communities. If you are dealing with a foot or ankle injury and need to see a specialist, call us today at (856) 488-5290 or (856) 875-8855.
Certain shoes can leave you prone to cracked heels and dry skin due to friction from wearing loose-fitted shoes. People who wear sandals and other open-heeled shoes are more at risk for developing cracked heels. Instead, opt for closed-heeled shoes that fit properly and provide support.
If you are overweight, you may be surprised to discover that this could be contributing to your dry, cracked heels. This is because your feet take on all of your weight while standing, walking, and running. By safely dropping that excess weight through a healthy diet and regular exercise you can alleviate some of the pressure placed on your heels to reduce the risk of cracking.
While we know just how luxurious it feels to stand in a steaming hot shower, especially during the winter months, this could be contributing to dry skin on your feet and cracked heels. If this is something you deal with regularly you may look at your current bathing or showering ritual to see if that could be the culprit. Simply use warm and not hot water, which can strip the skin of the oils it needs to stay moist.
You should moisturize your feet every day to prevent dry skin from happening in the first place. Moisturizers that contain lactic acid, glycerin, or petroleum jelly can help to lock in moisture in your feet. Moisturize every time you get out of the shower and throughout the day, especially before going to bed. If you are prone to very dry, cracked feet, you may wish to moisturize and then wear socks to bed.
If possible, try to keep the blister intact. Do not try to pop or drain a blister that hasn’t popped on its own. It’s important not to put pressure on the blister, so avoid any shoes that may be too tight. If you’re going to put on shoes, make sure to apply a bandage (some band-aids are designed specifically for covering blisters) to the area first.
If the blister popped on its own, clean it with warm water soap (do not use alcohol or hydrogen peroxide on the blister). Once the area is clean, apply an over-the-counter antibiotic cream to the area and apply a bandage over the blister. These simple steps can prevent an infection from occurring.
You should only drain a blister if it’s very large, painful, or affects your ability to move. In this case, you should sterilize a needle with alcohol and then make a small hole in the blister to let it drain. You may need to carefully squeeze the blister to help it drain fully. Once the blister has drained, rinse out the area with soap and warm water before applying antibiotic cream to the area and placing a bandage over it.
You mustn’t keep the same bandage on your blister day in and day out. You should check the blister every day to make sure it isn’t infected. You should clean the area daily with soap and water and then reapply another bandage.
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