Pediatric Foot Care Brings Comfort and Health

We know how much your children mean to you, so we aim to provide the kind of pediatric foot care for them that we know you would. The staff at the office of Wilks Advanced Foot Care in Roseburg, OR is dedicated to relieving your child’s foot pain and taking the necessary steps to ensure there are no long-term concerns. Following are some common issues we often see in our younger patients.

Sever’s Disease

Heel pain is rather common for children and the usual culprit behind it is a condition known as Sever’s disease. Calcaneal apophysitis is the technical term for this painful inflammation in the growth plate (physis) found in the back of the heel.

Sever’s disease often strikes between the ages of 8 and 14 and is even more prominently seen in kids who are physically active. This can be thought of as a “growing pain,” one that your son or daughter will eventually grow out of without any long-lasting damage. As such, treatment is centered on relieving the symptoms and providing comfort for your child.

Sports Injuries

Girls Playing BasketballFor many, childhood is filled with physical activity. Participating in sports can not only be fun, but it also helps children develop skills and values that are beneficial in other areas of life. Unfortunately, being active always comes with the risk of injury. No need to worry, though! When your child sustains any foot or ankle injury on the soccer field or basketball court, G. Jason Wilks, DPM is ready to help.

Common sports injuries like stress fractures, Achilles tendinitis, and ankle sprains are often treated successfully with nonsurgical methods.

Pediatric Flatfoot

A frequent concern for new parents is the observation that their child has flat feet. It’s important to know that this is not an abnormal situation. Babies are born with flat feet and the fat pads on the inside edges of the feet hide any arches. Additionally, it takes time for foot arches to fully develop.

There are somewhat rare cases where flat feet are cause for concern. A tight Achilles tendon or rigid flat feet are issues that may need to be addressed. As a rule of thumb, if there are no symptoms present, there is no need for treatment. If your child does experience pain or difficulty with walking, bring him or her in for an appointment with our office and we can properly address the issue.

Ingrown Toenails

Nail Conditions in ChildrenAn ingrown toenail is not only painful, but it also poses the risk of an infection in the area where the nail pierces the surrounding skin. This particular condition often stems from one of two main root causes – tight shoes or improper nail trimming.

For prevention purposes, ensure that footwear has a thumb’s width of space between the longest toe and the front of the shoe, along with enough width for toes to wiggle freely. Also, always clip your child’s nails straight across (instead of rounding them) and keep them even with the edge of the toe.

Plantar Warts

Warts are caused by a common virus known as human papillomavirus (HPV) and virtually everyone will be infected and develop at least one of these growths during his or her lifetime. The good news when it comes to warts is that they are generally harmless—although they can make walking or even standing painful when located on the bottom of a foot—and will eventually go away on their own.

The not-so-good news about warts is that they are quite contagious and can take up to a couple of years before disappearing. When your child develops a plantar wart on his or her feet, we can provide effective treatment to take care of the situation promptly.

Effective Pediatric Foot Care in Roseburg, OR

We certainly hope your child does not develop any foot or ankle condition that causes pain or restricted mobility, but we are here to provide effective child foot care if anything happens. Bring your son or daughter in for a visit to the office of Wilks Advanced Foot Care and we will take the necessary steps to alleviate any pain and restore his or her feet to their natural, healthy state. Contact our Roseburg, OR office by calling (541) 673-0742 or schedule your appointment online today.