Pediatric Foot Care in Parker, Colorado
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What Is Pediatric Foot Care?
Children’s medical needs can vary significantly from those of adults, especially when growth and development play a role. Pediatric foot care focuses on treating lower-extremity issues in kids from infants through the teen years to help them stay active and healthy and promote optimal growth and development. At Colorado Foot + Ankle Sports Medicine, podiatrists Kevin Blue, DPM, FACFAS, Ryan Muchowski, DPM, and the skilled team use techniques and methods specifically tailored for the pediatric population, helping children and teens in and around Parker, Colorado, enjoy optimal health and wellness throughout childhood and well into adulthood.
What Can I Expect With Pediatric Foot Care?
Colorado Foot + Ankle Sports Medicine offers various services to help your child maintain their health and prevent future issues from developing. When your child arrives for their initial appointment, we will begin with a thorough evaluation. During this exam, we will review your child’s medical history, activity level, and lifestyle. We will also examine their feet, ankles, and their gait. Depending on your child's needs, x-rays and other diagnostic tests may be required. Pediatric foot care can address many conditions and lower-extremity issues, which can include:
- Athlete’s foot
- Tendon or ligament-related issues
- Flat feet
- Pronation issues
- Congenital conditions
- Treatment of injuries
Pediatric foot care also focuses on prevention. Sometimes, an injury can result in damage to a growth plate. Treating this damage quickly can prevent lifelong deformities and mobility issues. Dr. Blue, Dr. Muchowski, and Dr. Farrett will work with your child on strategies to prevent sports-related injuries and how they can develop a healthy gait.
Colorado Foot + Ankle Sports Medicine Reviews
I got in quickly, started treatment, will have a followup. Easy ability to contact for information. My visit initiated with the doctor. In-office x-rays, specialization. All around foot care.
Everyone was great,Very professional. I was totally impressed with the DR.
I had a very positive experience on my visit to Dr M. The office staff was efficient and friendly. I was examined, diagnosed and treated very effectively by Dr. M and was on my way in no time. I would highly recommend this office.
Dr. Muchowski is amazing! He has been working with us for approx. 2 years. His care and understanding for sports injury's is first class. I would recommend him to all athletes having any pain or injury.
I had a really bad ingrown toenail. It was the week of Thanksgiving and when I called, understandably there were no appointments available but Jazzy got me scheduled for the very next appointment available the following Tuesday. Dr. Muchowksi was fantastic! He got my toe sorted out quickly and with the utmost skill and care. He gave clear post-procedure care instructions and the toe looks and feels great. I can't speak highly enough of the professionalism and kindness of all of the staff here! Hopefully I won't have to see you all too soon (hehe) but if I have any issues, you all have a patient for life!
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When it comes to your child's long-term health and wellness, it is important to have the medical care you trust. At Colorado Foot + Ankle Sports Medicine, we know that you want what is best for your child, which is why we use innovative techniques and the latest technologies to provide the highest quality care possible. Dr. Kevin Blue, Dr. Ryan Muchowski, and Dr. William Farrett have the knowledge and expertise to provide your child with the premium pediatric foot care your child deserves. Contact our Parker, Colorado office today to schedule a consultation to learn how we can help maintain your child’s optimal health and ensure their proper development.
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Pediatric Foot Care FAQs
How does pediatric foot care differ from general podiatry?
Childhood is a time of very rapid growth and development, and that means children can face some very significant issues during this time that require specialized care and treatment to prevent long-term disability. Pediatric foot care focuses on these unique needs, including:
• Congenital issues and problems that develop as a child grows
• Proper treatment of injuries to prevent mobility problems as children grow into adulthood
• Helping kids develop a healthy gait and avoid sports-related injuries
The team at Colorado Foot + Ankle Sports Medicine has extensive experience treating children, and they have a special interest in pain and other issues related to the structure of the foot and the way the foot and ankle work together to support walking and other activities. Kids face many of the same podiatry issues as their parents, as well as some issues unique to childhood. Common issues include:
• Flat feet
• Pronation issues (excessive “rolling” of the foot during walking)
• In-toeing (or “pigeon-toeing”)
• Warts and athlete’s foot
• Tendon- or ligament-related issues
What techniques are used to diagnose and assess pediatric foot problems?
The team at Colorado Foot + Ankle Sports Medicine begins with a careful evaluation of your child’s feet and ankles as well as their gait. They'll also review your child’s medical history and ask about your child’s activities and lifestyle. In some cases, they may order X-rays or other diagnostic exams to confirm or rule out specific diagnoses or to assess the extent of an injury or other issues before determining the best course of treatment.
Do children require special treatment for their injuries and other problems that affect their feet and ankles?
Yes. Because children are growing and developing at a very rapid pace, they heal much differently (and much faster) than their parents and other adults. Treatment must take these issues into account while also ensuring the child will grow and develop properly as they age. Sometimes an injury can damage the growth plates, the ends of the bones where growth occurs. Treating damage in these areas requires specific expertise to prevent lifelong deformities and mobility problems. Plus, kids (and their parents) benefit from guidance regarding activities, which can include injury prevention strategies and other techniques to ensure your child heals properly and completely.