Pediatric Foot Care

Pediatric Foot Care services offered in North Andover, Lowell and Haverhill, MA

Your child or teen will experience many changes as they develop and grow into adults. Pediatric foot care may be one of the many podiatric specialties they may require to stay safe and healthy. Mitchell Wachtel, DPM, and his team offer caring and supportive pediatric foot care at his offices in North Andover, Lowell, and Haverhill, Massachusetts. To find out how your child could benefit from pediatric foot care, call Mitchell Wachtel, DPM, today or book an appointment online.

Pediatric Foot Care Q & A

What is pediatric foot care?

Pediatric foot care is a branch of medicine dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the feet and ankles in children and teens.

As your child grows, the structure of their feet changes. Having structural problems in their feet can affect their ability to move comfortably. If these problems progress, it may lead to further complications that affect your child’s quality of daily life and prevent your child from reaching those important milestones. 

What conditions does pediatric foot care treat?

Dr. Wachtel can treat a variety of conditions that affect children and teens with effective pediatric foot care, including: 

  • Flat feet
  • Bunions and hammer toes 
  • Ankle injuries 
  • Toenail fungus 
  • Ingrown toenails 
  • Plantar warts 
  • Sprains, strains, and fractures 
  • Infections 
  • Shin splints 
  • Sever’s disease 

It’s important to take notice of the unusual changes (size and shape) or symptoms that your child expresses about their feet or ankles. If your child describes pain in their feet or ankles, you should make it a priority to see Dr. Wachtel for a comprehensive evaluation.  

What can my child expect with pediatric foot care?

Dr. Wachtel and his team always ensure your child feels comfortable while receiving treatment for feet and ankle issues. 

During your child’s pediatric foot care visit, Dr. Wachtel reviews their personal and family history. He also looks at your child’s feet and ankles and may test their flexibility and strength to examine their condition. If necessary, he may order X-rays and other imaging tests to further assess structural abnormalities in your child’s feet that affect their movement or cause pain. 

Depending on your child’s condition and its severity, Dr. Wachtel can customize a treatment plan that will help relieve your child's symptoms and improve their condition. 

If your child needs surgery to improve their foot or ankle condition, Dr. Wachtel makes sure you know what to expect and discusses all treatment options in detail. After a discussion, your child may be a candidate for minimally invasive surgical procedures, which can help them recover faster and presents fewer risks of complications. 

To learn more about how pediatric foot care can help your child, call Mitchell Wachtel, DPM, today or book an appointment online.