DON'T IGNORE FOOT PROBLEMS IN CHILDREN
posted: Sep 24, 2019.
Many children suffer from foot problems that often go undiagnosed. There are many symptoms parents can watch for, says Dr. Bradley Lamm, a Baltimore-area foot and ankle surgeon and fellow of the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons. Many parents think children can outgrow foot problems, but Lamm said it is important to get treatment.
|Dr. Bradley Lamm|
"A common misconception I see in patients who previously visited a physician or pediatrician is that children will grow out of foot conditions like pediatric flatfoot, which is simply not true. Many children may have in-toe or bow legs, which can be normal, but others may be abnormal. A comprehensive evaluation by a foot and ankle surgeon is necessary to determine the diagnosis and whether it needs treatment, monitoring, or nothing at all. The long-term consequences of not treating these conditions can include pain, joint arthritis, muscle weakness, overloading of the opposite foot and ankle, deformity, inactivity, and mental frustration," Says Lamm.
Source: Andrea K. McDaniels, The Baltimore Sun
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM news.
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