There are a few conditions that may cause problems for your kids. Clubfoot is a common deformity that is present at birth and requires varying levels of treatment depending on its severity. Feet are turned inward at the ankle, resembling the head of a golf club, but when treatment is applied early, your child should not have ongoing problems.
Other problems are toes that point inwards at birth (possible metatarsus adductus) or during the walking stage, when it could be indicative of an intoeing problem. Your child’s feet will look flat—which is normal because arches develop later on—but you will want to monitor their feet should they remain flat. Another genetic problem is overlapping toes, and this requires intervention before the toe becomes stiff and rigid.
If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s foot health or development, contact Harvey R. Danciger DPM for diagnosis. If treatment is necessary, our caring staff will tailor a plan for your child’s feet. Call our Palm Desert, CA office at (760) 568-0108.