Pediatric Podiatrist Children's Foot Doctor in NY, NYC Midtown Manhattan
Board Certified (ABPOPPM), this NY foot doctor / specialist makes custom foot orthotics, does home visits / house calls and treats:
foot and ankle arthritis,
athlete's footbroken or fractured toe, foot or anklebunion surgery - bunionectomycorns and calluses
diabetic foot care foot ankle and heel pain fractured foot ankle or toe, metatarsalgia, morton's neuroma, hammertoe, plantar fasciitis - heel pain,
plantar warts, ingrown toenails, fungal nails, tendonitis / bursitis, diabetic foot care. Dr. Tabari is also a pediatric podiatrist / children's foot doctor.

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NY Pediatric Podiatrist - Children's Foot Doctor

Dr. Isaac Tabari offers complete care for any age and cutting-edge techniques to treat foot and ankle diseases, injuries and other disorders that may be slowing your child down. It's very important to begin foot care at a very young age because feet carry people for their entire lives. Dr. Tabari is an expert in children's foot conditions. Children can be affected by foot conditions such as

- warts
- heel pain
- ingrown nails
- flat feet
- sport injuries
- intoeing
- outoeing.

Neglecting foot health invites problems in other parts of the body, such as the legs and back. The child with troublesome feet walks awkwardly and usually has poor general posture. As a result, the growing child may become shy, introverted, and avoid athletics and social functions. Consultation with a New York podiatrist can help to resolve these related problems.

Baby's feet

The Human foot is one of the most complicated parts of the body - it has 26 bones, and has ligaments, muscles, blood vessels and nerves. The feet of a young child are soft and pliable; abnormal pressure can cause deformities. A child's feet grows rapidly during the first year, reaching almost half their adult foot size. Podiatrist, consider the first year to be the most important in development.

Tips to help foot development occur normally:

  • Provide exercise; lying uncovered provides kicking and other related motions which prepare the feet for weight bearing.
  • Change the baby's position several times a day.
  • Look at your baby's feet often if you notice something that does not look normal to you, ask your family physician or podiatrist.
  • Cover the baby's feet loosely; tight covers restrict movement.
In-toeing and Out-toeing Most toddlers toe-in or toe-out because of a slight rotation (twist), of the upper or lower leg bones. Tibial torsion, the most common cause of in-toeing, occurs when the lower leg bone (tibia) tilts inward. If the tibia tilts outward, a child will toe-out. When the thighbone, or femur, is tilted, the tibia will also turn and give the appearance of intoeing or outtoeing. The medical term for this is femoral anteversion. In-toeing can also be caused by metatarsus adductus, a curving of the foot that causes toes to point inward.

The reason some kids develop gait abnormalities is unclear, but studies have shown that a family history of in-toeing or out-toeing plays a role. So, if you toed-in or toed-out as a child, there's a chance that your child could develop the same tendency.

Some experts also believe that, the position of the fetus in the womb during pregnancy could also lead to in-toeing or out-toeing.

As a fetus grows, some of the bones have to rotate slightly to fit into the small space of the womb. In many cases, these bones are still rotated to some degree for the first few years of life. Many times this is most noticeable when a child learns to walk, because if the tibia or femur is tilted at an angle, the feet are, too.

Growing up

While children's feet continue to grow and develop, it may be necessary to change shoe and sock size every few months. Improper footwear can aggravate preexisting conditions. Shoes or other footwear should never be handed down.

The feet of young children are often unstable because of muscle problems which make walking difficult or uncomfortable. A thorough examination by a podiatrist may detect an underlying defect or condition which may require immediate treatment or consultation with another specialist.

The American Podiatric Medical Association has long known of the high incidence of foot defects among the young and recommends foot health examinations for school children on a regular basis.

Pediatric Heel Pain

What is pediatric heel pain? Heel pain is a common childhood complaint. That doesn't mean, however, that it should be ignored, or that parents should wait to see if it will “go away.”

Heel pain is a symptom, not a disease. In other words, heel pain is a warning sign that a child has a condition that deserves attention.

Conditions that cause pediatric heel pain include:

Calcaneal apophysitis
Also known as Sever’s disease, this is the most common cause of heel pain in children. Although not a true “disease,” it is an inflammation of the heel’s growth plate due to muscle strain and repetitive stress, especially in those who are active or obese. This condition usually causes pain and tenderness in the back and bottom of the heel when walking and the heel is painful when touched. It can occur in one or both feet.

Tendo-achilles bursitis
This condition is an inflammation of the fluid-filled sac (bursa) located between the Achilles tendon (heel cord) and the heel bone. Tendo-Achilles bursitis can result from injuries to the heel, certain diseases (such as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis), or wearing poorly cushioned shoes.

Overuse syndromes
Because the heel’s growth plate is sensitive to repeated running and pounding on hard surfaces, pediatric heel pain often reflects overuse. Children and adolescents involved in soccer, track, or basketball are especially vulnerable. One common overuse syndrome is Achilles tendonitis. This inflammation of the tendon usually occurs in children over the age of 14. Another overuse syndrome is plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of the band of tissue (the plantar fascia) that runs along the bottom of the foot from
the heel to the toes.

Fractures
Sometimes heel pain is caused by a break in the bone. Stress fractures—hairline breaks resulting from repeated stress on the bone—often occur in adolescents engaged in athletics, especially when the intensity of training suddenly changes. In children under age of 10, another type of break—acute fractures—can result from simply jumping 2 or 3 feet from a couch or stairway.

Diagnosis
To diagnose the underlying cause of your child’s heel pain, the podiatric surgeon will first obtain a thorough medical history and ask questions about recent activities. The surgeon will also examine the child’s foot and leg. X-rays are often used to evaluate the condition and in some cases the surgeon will order a bone scan, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) study, or a computerized tomography (CT or CAT) scan. Laboratory testing may also be ordered to help diagnose other less prevalent causes of pediatric heel pain

***This material is only provided as helpful information and not as medical advice and you should consult with your foot doctor or another medical doctor for a professional diagnosis. ***

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NYC Foot Specialist - Podiatrist, Dr. Tabari offers full service podiatry treatments for the busy New Yorker.
He performs many types of foot surgery. His areas of expertise are diabetic foot care, sports trauma and common foot conditions such as
foot pain, ankle sprains, bunion surgery, bunionectomy, metatarsalgia, neuroma, hammertoe, hammer toe, warts, fungal nails,
ingrown nails, ingrown toenail, thickened nails, plantar fasciitis, orthotics, orthotic shoes.

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