You should bring your child to see a podiatrist if:

  • You observe (or your child informs you about) any signs of foot pain. Foot and ankle pain is not normal and should always prompt a visit to a specialist if it lasts more than a day or two. Children don't always tell us when they aren't feeling well, so it's important to know the signs. 

Learn More: How to Check Your Child's Foot Health

  • Something looks strange about the shape of your child’s feet, or the way they move. Some foot deformities or gait abnormalities in young kids will self-correct in time. That said, it’s much better to be safe than sorry if you have any concerns. Flat feet, toes that point in or out, bowlegs, knock-kneed or pigeon-toed walking, etc. are all examples of abnormalities that merit a closer look. Sometimes the best option is simply to continue close observation, but if there are any treatable causes (like a neurological condition or bone fusion) that can be identified, it’s best to deal with them sooner rather than later.

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At Freeland Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Timothy Dailey and the whole team are delighted to provide effective foot and ankle care for patients of all ages, and to treat your family like our own. To schedule an appointment, fill out our contact form online or give us a call at (989) 695-6788!