As your child grows and starts to find their feet, you may notice what appear to be walking problems.
Many times parents panic over their child’s walking problems, but how common is this and what should you do?
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Childhood walking problems (intoeing, out-toeing, toe walking) usually resolve on their own.
Intoeing is usually caused by bones that are rotated out of proper position, likely from their position in the womb or from inherited characteristics. But as a baby grows, the twisted bones often gradually straighten out.
Learning to walk takes practice. From a baby’s first tottering steps to normal walking that allows them to run, play, or dance, the process can be slow. However, It may be helpful to film your child walking from time to time with your cell phone, so that you can see the improvement that you might not see day-to-day.
One type of childhood foot problem that will not correct itself is clubfoot. If a baby is born with clubfoot, you should definitely consult a foot and ankle doctor as soon as possible.
Clubfoot can be easily treated by an experienced foot and ankle doctor who uses the Ponesti method, which is a painless series of castings and gradual adjustments that can easily fix your baby’s clubfoot.
It’s a not a walking problem, but sometimes children may get warts on their feet. If your child has a wart, you should instruct them and person in your family to have their own towel and washcloth and not share them with others.
Children (and adults) should all wear flip-flops or water shoes in showers and pool areas, and it is a good idea to spray the tub or shower with a bleach solution after the infected person uses it. Shoes and socks, including dress-up shoes, shouldn’t be shared if a child has a wart.
Warts usually go away after a while. There are over-the-counter treatments available that may speed up resolution of the wart. If warts seem to be spreading or painful, it’s a good idea to seek care from a foot and ankle doctor sooner rather than later.
If you have foot pain, do not let it go untreated or it could very well get worse. Get your foot looked at today so that tomorrow is pain-free.
Please call 626-447-2184 (Arcadia) or 818-408-2800 (San Fernando) to speak make an appointment with Dr. Alireza Khosroabadi about your foot and/or ankle needs.