Children often exhibit structural and functional disorders of the foot and leg that can be effectively treated by the podiatrist. The pediatric examination involves a complete history and orthopedic evaluation of the lower extremity. Children need proper care and treatment of their feet beginning in early childhood. Many children walk excessively bowlegged, flat footed or pigeon toed. Although these conditions are not painful for the child, they are damaging to their feet.
Almost all babies start life with their toes pointing slightly out. However, if the unborn baby lies with its feet pressed against the mother's womb in the wrong direction, it can be born with its feet turned inward. This ailment can make learning to walk very difficult. If your baby trips, it may be one of the first signs of toeing in.
Podiatrists can teach parents easy exercises that can help straighten out the infant's feet. These exercises will only take a few minutes each day until the condition is corrected.