When Should My Child See a Specialist at Premier Podiatry & Orthopedics?
Our experts specialize in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal conditions throughout the body. That does include the feet and ankles, but it is also not limited to that area!
There are many reasons why your child might need to see one of our specialists. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any of the following concerns.
Persistent Joint, Bone, or Muscle Pain
“Growing pains” aren’t really a thing – at least not often in a harmless sense. Lasting pain is never normal, and is always something that is worthy of further investigation.
Regularly occurring pain that is associated with movement might be traced to an abnormality in musculoskeletal structure. An abnormal shift can cause excess weight and pressure to focus on certain areas, causing strain. The abnormality doesn’t even necessarily have to be directly in the area of pain, either. For example, inefficient foot and ankle structures can cause symptoms in the knees, legs, or hips.
Other conditions can lead to persistent pain that isn’t necessarily due to a structural issue. Sever’s disease is a common cause of heel pain in active children around 8-14 years old. It occurs when the growth plate in the heel bone (where new bone grows and develops during adolescence) becomes stressed and inflamed.
But you don’t necessarily need to know exactly what is going on with your child’s symptoms before you come in. That’s what we’re here for, and we will work with both you and your child to determine the source of any discomfort.
Sprains and Fractures
It can be difficult to tell the difference between a severe sprain and a fracture, especially when your child is in distress when it occurs.
But the short answer, again, is that you don’t need to know. The fact that you are unsure is more than enough reason to give us a call!
In fact, even sprains that seem relatively mild are worth seeing us about. We can ensure that there are no additional complications that can impede recovery, and that the injury itself heals properly.
Even minor sprains that don’t heal as they should have a higher chance of leading to joint instability, which increases the chance of the same type of injury happening in the future. We can help ensure your child recovers as quickly and as safely as possible, while helping to prevent future issues.