When you have the joy of bringing a brand-new baby into the world it can be a thrilling journey. Not only do you get to meet the child you created, but you also get to care for and teach that child as they mature and grow. Being a new parent is very rewarding but it also can be a very scary time. Sometimes our little bundles of joy are born differently and need extra care and attention. Sometimes babies are born with foot or ankle deformities, some of which can affect them for the rest of their lives. These deformities should be regularly examined by a podiatrist to ensure that the best care is being given to the child.
Common Childhood Deformities
There are many different types of childhood deformities that can occur. Many times, these deformities are due to genetics. Other times they are due to the growth of the fetus in the womb during gestation. Three of the common deformities are:
Cavus Foot – This is a condition that affects the arch of a child. A child who suffers from this condition is considered to have an excessively high arch. The condition usually progresses slowly over time. Because the feet are not properly aligned, they are prone to calluses, pain, ankle sprains, and ankle fractures. If this condition appears over time, it can also be a sign of a tumor or cyst on the spine or a neurological disorder.
Tarsal Coalition – This condition occurs when there is an abnormal connection of the bones in the foot. It usually isn’t found until later in childhood when the foot becomes painful to walk on and hard to move. Many times, this disorder can be treated with rest, orthotics, or immobilization.
Clubfoot – This is a deformity that can affect either one or both of the feet. It is thought to be genetic and is usually evident at birth. The condition gets its name due to the look of the deformity. In most cases, the foot angles in and looks like a club. The condition needs treatment through supportive care and sometimes surgery.
If you have a child who was born with a foot or ankle disorder, call Syracuse Podiatry located in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico and Dr. Payel Ghosh can help you and your child get the best quality care around. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.