Treatment Options for Younger Patients

We take great pride in the services we provide at Houston Foot Specialists for all of our patients, but the satisfaction of treating young patients is really a great feeling. Child foot care practices are often centered on using conservative (nonsurgical) treatment options to relieve pain and restore functionality. These include:

  • Rest. Giving the body time to conduct natural healing processes, and avoiding increased damage from further activity, is essential for addressing issues.
  • Ice. An icing regimen can both relieve pain and reduce swelling and inflammation.
  • Immobilization. Depending on the condition being treated, we may need to prescribe a brace or use casting to restrict motion in an injured foot or ankle.
  • Medication. We always take your child’s health into consideration when we recommend and prescribe medication to address symptoms.
  • Physical therapy. Stretching and strengthening exercises are important for treatment, but also to prevent recurrent issues from developing.
  • Orthotics. In some cases, we may recommend custom orthotics to fully address the root cause of a medical issue.

Of course, even though conservative treatment options are usually quite effective, it is always better to prevent an issue from developing in the first place. To that end, you may want to consider using these following tips to protect your child during sports:

  • Buy the right footwear. Different sports use different kinds of shoes for a reason – they are designed to be activity-appropriate. Along with this tip, also make sure your child starts out the season with new shoes, since old ones wear down and can cause problems.
  • Inspect playing surfaces. If you are able, walk the field where your child will be playing and check for divots, dips, or holes. Surface problems like these increase the risk of ankle sprains. In the event you find any issues, alert coaching officials.
  • Treat ankle injuries right away. When an ankle injury goes untreated, it could develop into a chronic condition. Instead, make sure your son or daughter gets the appropriate treatment, like the kind we provide at our Houston, TX office.
For additional information on any facet of child foot care, or to schedule an appointment for professional, effective foot and ankle injury treatment, contact Houston Foot Specialists. You can speak with one of our staff members by calling (713) 467-8886 or simply request your appointment with our Houston, TX podiatrist office online right now.
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