Children’s Pediatric Podiatrist Care [Pediatric Foot Doctor]
Do you need a Pediatric Podiatrist or a Children’s Podiatrist? We can help provide the BEST foot & Ankle Care!
- We can help with skin conditions like warts, rashes, and calluses.
- We can help with bunions, flat feet, and ankle pain.
- We can perform a gait analysis for growing pain!
- We can help with shoes and custom orthotics.
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Pediatric Podiatrist Treatment:
Our friendly and caring podiatric physicians are just the people to treat your child’s conditions. Read below for more!’
Common Children’s Podiatrist Foot Problems:
- Pediatric podiatrists refer to pediatric foot problems as podopediatrics.
- Foot problems in your child may appear at birth, shortly thereafter, or once your child is walking.
- Walking abnormally is often the first sign that something is wrong with your child’s foot or their feet.
- Adolescents and teenage children may develop foot or ankle problems, and these should not be ignored.
- It is important to watch for any foot deformities, limp in your adolescent or teenage child, and see our podiatrists or an expert in pediatric podiatry if you notice any foot issues.
- To see our well-trained pediatric podiatrists today!
Pediatric Heel Pain:
Heel pain in a child is a common problem. One of the first signs you may notice is your child limping.
- Pediatric heel pain differs from adult heel pain in that the child’s foot is still growing, and as a result, more flexible.
- Your child’s heel pain may be due to an abnormality of the heel bone’s growth area. In these cases, the growth area of the heel bone becomes inflamed, and pain worsens when your child tries to walk or participate in sports. Other heel pain causes include a fracture, bone tumor, bursitis, or infection.
- If you notice your child limping or complaining of heel or arch pain, you should have the child’s evaluated by one of our podiatrists as soon as possible.
In-toeing or Out-toeing in Children:
- In-toeing is often referred to as walking pigeon-toed. Instead of the foot pointed straight ahead, the foot turns inward.
- Sometimes in-toeing occurs with only one foot, or it may affect both feet.
- The child may limp, stumble, or even trip and fall when running or walking. In-toeing may be due to a structural issue with the foot itself or related to the leg or hips.
- Out-toeing is the reverse of in-toeing, where the child’s foot points outward when they are walking. Again, this problem can affect one or both feet, and it can cause the child to stumble or even fall when running or walking. Both in-toeing and out-toeing are considered structural problems, and when these problems are caught early, they are easy to correct.
- Most parents can spot in-toeing or out-toeing in their child, usually shortly after they begin to walk. If you suspect in-toeing or out-toeing, you should bring your child in to evaluate with one of our podiatrists.
Toe-Walking in Children:
- Some toddlers or even older children may walk more on their toes or the front of their foot rather than putting their heels down on the ground. The child who toe-walks may appear to “bounce” as they walk.
- This problem may be due to bone abnormality in the child’s foot or a neurologic issue, though more often is due to the tendon at the back of the leg, called the Achilles tendon, being too short.
- Most of the time, a tight Achilles tendon can be treated conservatively, though in severe cases, our podiatrists may do a small procedure to help lengthen the tendon.
Bunions in Children:
- Some people mistakenly believe bunions is an “old person’s” problem. The truth is many children develop bunions. Often a child develops a bunion secondary to another, more significant, deformity of the foot.
Most of the time, bunions in children can be treated without any surgery.
- Parents need to bring in their child as soon as they see a bunion beginning to form. In some cases, surgery may be necessary. Our podiatrists may do a small out-patient surgery to correct the child’s bunion (to learn more about our approach to bunion surgery, click here).
Flatfeet in Children:
- Flatfeet is called pes planus, and it is a common foot problem our podiatrists treat. In basic terms, a flatfoot is a foot that has a shallow arch or no height to the arch. A child with a flatfoot may or may not have pain.
Flatfeet is related to developing all kinds of foot, ankle, and leg pain and problems. Your child may have difficulty walking or may complain of “tired” feet.
Fortunately, treating flatfeet is easy. Often we make simple arch support that molds to your child’s foot called an orthotic. Orthotics are custom-made to your child’s foot and slip in your child’s shoes. Generally, the younger your child is when they begin wearing orthotics, the better.
Ingrown Toenails in Children:
- Ingrown toenails are common in people of all ages, and children are no exception.
- An ingrown toenail can be painful and cause your child (or you!) to limp or avoid wearing their shoes. Our podiatrists treat ingrown toenails just about every day. In fact, a painful ingrown toenail is one of the most common problems our podiatrists treat.
- Alleviating an ingrown toenail is easy and fast when it is addressed promptly. You mustn’t ignore your child’s ingrown toenails as they can become infected and lead to other complications.
- Plantar warts show up on the bottom of a child’s (or adult’s) foot, though warts can occur anywhere on foot.
- Warts are due to a virus, and they tend to affect children’s feet more than adults. Plantar warts are easy to catch, and they can spread rapidly—they are highly contagious. Worse, plantar warts can be irritating or even painful.
- Parents who notice a plantar wart on their child’s foot should see our podiatrists immediately before the wart spreads.
- Most of the treatments for plantar warts are easy and painless. Our podiatrists may use a laser to destroy the wart or other methods in more advanced or resistant cases.
Low-Cost, Affordable Cash Price and Payment Plans for Childrens’ Foot Troubles:
- If you do not have insurance or are underinsured, have a high deductible, and wish to pay cash, we will work with you!
- We understand that not everyone has insurance, and we offer an affordable, reduced fee, low-cost cash price (and payment plans) for your child’s foot problem.
- Whether your child needs custom-made orthotics, ingrown toenail surgery, wart surgery, or other pediatric foot problem, we will work with you to get your child well at an affordable cash price (and affordable, low-cost payment plan).
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Pediatric Podiatrist Locations:
Areas we service:
The podiatrists & foot doctors of Prime Foot & Ankle Specialists are available for in office visits, home care and telehealth for the following locations:
- Berkley Michigan
- Oakland County Michigan
- Royal Oak Michigan
- Oak Park Michigan
- Huntington Woods Michigan
- Clawson Michigan
- Ferndale Michigan
- Birmingham Michigan
- Madison Heights Michigan
- Franklin Michigan
- Hazel Park Michigan
- Southfield Michigan
- Troy Michigan
- Bloomfield Hills Michigan
- Lathrup Village Michigan
- Novi Michigan Area
- Bloomfield Michigan Area
- West Bloomfield Michigan Area
- South Lyon Michigan Area
- Northville Michigan Area
- But anyone in the state of Michigan.
Contact us if you need to be seen in Michigan or Oakland County Michigan!
Frequently Asked Podiatrist Questions?
Q: What is a podiatrist?
A: Podiatrists are Doctors of Podiatric Medicine, DPM. Podiatrists are podiatric physicians, foot doctors, or podiatric surgeons. Podiatrists often diagnose and treat the foot, ankle, and other related structures of the leg.
Podiatrists receive similar training that other doctors complete. They complete four years of training in a podiatric medical school and three years of hospital residency training.
The podiatrists at Prime Foot & Ankle Specialists have received extra training, such as fellowships beyond residency and board certifications by the board of foot and ankle surgery and the board of podiatric medicine.
Q: Do podiatrists accept insurance?
Yes, podiatrists do, except for insurance. We set most major insurance plans as podiatrists and foot doctors. This includes Medicare, Medicare plus blue, Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Health, and Aetna health. Humana, Blue Care Network, Oscar Health, Molina, Meridian, Health Alliance Plan of Michigan (HAP), Health Share Plans, Christian Health Share Plans, Worker’s Compensation Plans, and Cigna Healthcare.
Q: Is podiatrist toenail trimming covered by insurance?
Yes, this service may be covered for people with help issues that cannot help themselves. If your foot is in pain or has a health issue, a podiatrist is recommended to evaluate you, and this is a covered option.
If you have foot pain, please call our office and schedule a no-obligation consultation with our podiatrists to assess your eligibility for foot care.
Q: Does insurance cover podiatrist ingrown toenail removals?
Yes, ingrown toenails are covered by insurance. Let us help! Don’t wait to come in if you have a toe or foot infection.
Q: What parts of the body do podiatrists treat?
A: Podiatrists in Michigan are licensed to treat the foot, ankle, and lower leg below the knee.
At Prime Foot & Ankle Specialists, we specialize in toenail problems, toe problems, foot problems, heel problems, ankle problems, minimally invasive surgery, advanced diagnostic techniques, and advanced treatment options. We pride ourselves on being your choice for all foot and ankle problems!
Q: When should I call a podiatrist for an appointment?
A: Pain is never normal, especially if it lasts longer than a week. This means that most insurance plans will cover a visit if you feel you have a problem developing with your feet.
The longer you wait, the more serious the pain may become, leading to hospitalization or further foot problems.
It would help to have it evaluated and treated to avoid long-term problems.
Q: Can podiatrists perform corn removal and callus removal?
A: Corns and calluses are thick, hardened layers of skin. Development of corn and callouses occur when your skin tries to protect itself against friction and pressure.
If corns and calluses are causing you discomfort, you should seek treatment. The most common areas of development are on your feet and toes. We provide treatment for these somewhat unsightly painful conditions. Don’t hesitate to contact us today.
Q: Does insurance cover the podiatrist treatment of corns and calluses:
If you feel you have a foot problem that you cannot care about on your own, evaluation and diagnosis are covered. We provide a no-obligation consultation to inform you if this is the case. In general, foot pain and a painful lesion on the foot covered the visit.
Q: What is a hammertoe?
A: A Hammertoe is a contracture (bending) of one or both joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes.
We provide advanced imaging such as ultrasound and digital X-rays to diagnose immediately in the office.
This abnormal bending can pressure the toe when wearing shoes, causing painful problems.
Conservative and surgical treatment options are available for the treatment of Hammertoes.
Q: What causes heel pain?
A: Typically, heel pain is not caused by one single incident or injury, and the most common cause is plantar fasciitis, which can lead to long-term pain that may one day require surgical treatment if not corrected.
Repetitive stress/pounding of the heel can cause heel pain.
Other common causes can include inflammation of the plantar fascia, inflammation of the back of the heel, inflammation of the heel pad, progressive degeneration of the Achilles tendon, or a stress fracture caused by repetitive stress to the heel.
Q: What are orthotics or insoles?
A: Orthotics or insoles are custom foot supports that replace the over-the-counter supports that come in shoes you buy off the shelf at the store. These are designed to hug your foot more efficiently than over-the-counter products to significantly aid in balancing the biomechanical inadequacies of your feet and legs.
Q: How can you tell if you have an infected ingrown toenail?
A: You may have an infected ingrown toenail if there are any signs of redness, swelling, pain, and drainage, such as puss coming from the area.
- If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your podiatric Physician immediately.
- If you have toenail pain, this may also be a sign. It is never normal to have toenail pain.
- If you have toenail redness or swelling, this is never normal.
Q: What is plantar fasciitis that causes heel pain?
A: The plantar fascia is the thick connective tissue on the bottom of the foot.
- This tissue connects the heel bone to the toes and is responsible for creating the arch in your foot.
- Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia.
Q: Does Medicare pay for diabetic shoes and custom orthotics?
A: Medicare will cover diabetic shoes and inserts for some patients.
- Patients must meet and have specific qualifying conditions verified by the Physician managing their diabetes.
- If you have diabetes, you should have an annual foot evaluation performed by a foot doctor or podiatrist to determine your eligibility for this benefit through Medicare and other insurance carriers.