Children's Foot Care

Healthy development makes milestones in a child’s life possible. Your child’s foot health plays an important role in ensuring proper progression into adulthood. A child’s feet grow rapidly during the first year, reaching almost half their adult size. This is why foot specialists consider the first year to be the most important in the development of the feet.

Happy Feet for All

Another good reason to make an appointment with Dr. DeCato and Associates is to make sure that your child’s feet are developing normally. There are several conditions we routinely see in children who visit us.

Common Child Foot Conditions

Pediatric Flatfoot: Most children with pediatric flatfoot have no symptoms. A parent or caregiver usually notices the condition. 

When a child has pediatric flatfoot, the arch of the foot shrinks or disappears when he or she stands. The arch reappears when the child sits or stands on tiptoe. This is called flexible pediatric flatfoot.

Most children who have pediatric flatfoot are born with the condition, though it may not appear for a few years. Children will usually outgrow pediatric flatfoot on their own by the age of five.

A second, more rare kind of pediatric flatfoot is called rigid flatfoot. With this condition, the arches do not reappear when the child sits or stands on tiptoe.

Most children with pediatric flatfoot have no symptoms. A parent or caregiver usually notices the condition.

Symptoms children may experience include:

  • Pain, tenderness, and/or cramping in the feet or legs, especially along the bottom of the feet
  • Heels that tilt outward
  • A change in walking
  • Pain or discomfort while walking

Parents may also notice their child withdrawing from sports and other physical activities that may cause pain in their feet and legs. If your child experiences any of these symptoms, you should consult a podiatrist. Children affected by rigid flatfoot may experience more severe symptoms. 

Plantar warts: Kids sometimes love sharing with one another, including strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) that cause warts! A wart is a small growth on the skin that develops when the skin is infected by the virus.

The goal of treatment is to completely remove the wart.

Our physicians may use topical or oral treatments, cryotherapy (freezing), acid treatments or surgery to remove the wart.

Regardless of the treatment approaches undertaken, it is important that the patient follow the surgeon’s instructions, including all home care and medication that has been prescribed, as well as follow-up visits with the surgeon. Warts may return, requiring further treatment.

Sports Injuries: If your child is involved in sports, it’s especially important to check their feet, investigate any signs of pain, and make a doctor’s appointment if the condition persists. Sports activities unavoidably leads to injuries.  Our office treats many athletes for injuries sustained during practices or competition and get them back to playing the sport they love as quick as possible. 

Severs Disease: This is commonly known as “painful heel syndrome”, which usually affects children that are active in sports. As a growth plate disturbance, Severs Disease includes sporadic or consistent pain under or at the back of the heel. If treatment is not sought in a timely manner, children suffering from this disease can limp as the condition worsens.

Scheduling Appointments, Financial Considerations, and Cancellation Policy

If you would like to make an appointment, please contact our office by phone or email. Our office facilitates communications, which means emergency calls and appointments are available and welcome, especially for new patients seeking help.

We will be more than happy to submit all insurance forms for you and help you recover the most from your benefits. We will do everything we can to help you afford the treatment you need and want. Forms of payment we accept are cash, check, and all major credit cards. We also accept CareCredit.

If you are unable to keep an appointment, we ask that you kindly provide us with at least 24 hours’ notice. We ask for this advance notice so we can offer the cancelled appointment to another patient. Our office reserves the right to charge a fee in cases where a patient does not show up for a scheduled appointment without sufficient notice. Please be aware that cancellations fees are typically not covered by insurance plans.

Connect with Us Today

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for choosing our practice for your foot care. You have options here in northeastern Ohio, and it means a lot to us that you give our doctors the opportunity to help restore your feet and ankles back to health.

Our main office is conveniently located on Lake Ave in Ashtabula, and we also have an office in Conneaut. You can call to book an appointment by dialing (440) 992-4477. Please let us know your address (so we can direct you to the appropriate office), the medical concerns you are experiencing, and when would be the best time for you to visit our practice. Our friendly staff will follow up and confirm your appointment upon scheduling.

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3903 Lake Avenue
Ashtabula, OH 44004

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224 Parrish Rd.
Conneaut, OH 44030

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