Not all injuries are severe or very serious, but it’s important to be aware of what could happen. This way, you can be prepared to help them find the best treatment.
As your child continues to grow and their bones and muscles keep developing, there’s a good chance that they will grow out of pigeon toes.
Is your child suffering from foot pain? Depending on the foot or ankle issue that your child has, one of our podiatrists may prescribe your child some over-the-counter or custom orthotics.
Most children will grow out of having flat feet by age 6 or 7. If they don’t, it’s important to seek treatment, especially if they are suffering from painful symptoms in their feet.
When children complain of foot pain, it’s usually not something you should ignore. The feet and ankles do not experience “growing pains” the way that other joints (like the knees) might.
To help you get a grip on your children’s feet, here are a few common foot problems you may want to be aware of:
When children are shopping for shoes, there’s a good chance that they will aim for the ones that are visually appealing to them. However, as a parent, you shouldn’t give in! While looks are important to them, it is more important for their foot health to get shoes that are comfortable and supportive.
An epidemic in our country is the alarming rate of increase of obesity. In particular, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that childhood obesity affects children more than twice as much as it has in the past 30 years and about one in three children are overweight or obese.
Even one of Hollywood’s good looking and popular actor has flaws. Webbed Toes might be one of them, Ashton Kutcher, the Hollywood heartthrob known for his acting skills, during an interview funnily shows off his webbed toes which made us believe that even Hollywood celebrities have flaws.
What is webbed toes?
A webbed toe is a physical condition that affects 1 out of 2500 infants. Webbed toes are also known as syndactyly, a kind of physical deformity that usually affects the second and third toes. Syndactyly condition can be classified as simple or complex. Simple syndactyly is a condition which is present at birth and the toes are only joined by soft tissues while complex syndactyly is a condition that can be a part of the syndrome.
Syndactyly or webbed toes is a failure of differentiation where toes fail to separate from its appendages. Consult a podiatrist for more information on webbed toes. The doctors of The Podiatry Group are podiatrists who specialize in foot disorders.
What are some of the possible causes of webbed toes?
According to some people, webbed toes are hereditary. Webbed toes are also associated with the mother’s nutritional intake and smoking habits while pregnant. The following are the conditions where webbed toes are associated:
- Amniotic band syndrome
- Berdet-Beidl syndrome
- Edward’s syndrome
- Fetal hydantoin effect
- Miller syndrome
- Poland syndrome
- Timothy syndrome
- Aarskog-Scott syndrome
- Apert’s syndrome
- Carpenter’s syndrome
- Down syndrome
- Familial syndactyly
- Holt-Oram syndrome
- Pfeiffer syndrome
- Smith-Limli-Opitz syndrome
What are some of the signs and symptoms of webbed toes?
Webbed toes are visible at birth and while using a fetal ultrasound. At the first sign of syndactyly, the physician will refer you to a specialist that specializes in webbed toes so he can guide you to a more specific and detailed plan of treatment.
Is there a possible treatment for webbed toes?
Always check with your Podiatrist.
- As early as possible, webbed toes can be treated to separate the joined toes.
- Medical therapy. This is a surgical intervention in infants aging from 5 to 6 months.
- Surgical therapy. A surgery is needed as soon as possible if there are more than two webbed toes involved.
How to prevent webbed toes?
- It is said that prevention is better than cure but when it comes to webbed toes, sad to say, there is no known prevention for it. If your child is born with webbed toes, his doctor will check him immediately for signs of a more complex condition. An x-ray is used to see if his bones or only soft tissues are joining.
At The Podiatry Group, located in Jonesboro, Walnut Ridge, Pocahontas and Cherokee Village, we specialize in helping people find relief from foot disorders. To schedule an appointment call (870) 931-3338.