Answers to Your Austin Foot & Ankle Injury Questions
If you have questions about foot and ankle injuries in central Texas, the Austin Foot & Ankle Specialists has the answers. We have the experience, knowledge, and resources to treat your injury and get you back to the activities you love. Call us today if you have been injured.
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What is EPAT?
EPAT stands for Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment. This technology allows us to provide the most advanced, highly effective treatment options more quickly and economically as compared to traditional treatment methods. EPAT is a scientifically proven procedure that represents a breakthrough in regenerative medicine treatment options for a broad range of musculoskeletal conditions utilizing a proprietary set of unique acoustic pressure waves that stimulate the metabolism, enhance blood circulation and accelerate the healing process.
How long will my child have to wear orthotics once he starts?
If orthotics are used early enough in the development of the bones of the foot, the support the orthotics provide will allow the bones of the foot and ankle to grow straighter and stronger and in many cases the orthotics won't be needed after puberty when the bones and their growth plates fully ossify or become solid bone. As a general rule, in older children after puberty, bone structure and position becomes permanent and therefore more difficult to change or manipulate with orthotics. But with all that being said, if your child or young adult begins to experience once again any of the symptoms or discomforts that they had previous to wearing their orthotics after they stop wearing them, they should most definitely continue wearing them, much in the same way that many people continue to need eye glasses to correct their vision. This is to say that, unless the mechanics or instability can be permanently "fixed" or addressed as with surgery, if the child's mechanics do not correct to any great degree as they grow, the aid offered by the orthotics may be something carried forward through childhood and into adulthood.
When should I put shoes on my child?
In short, shoes should be used as soon as they start attempting to walk. Besides protection, shoes offer a relatively corrective interface between your child's foot and the hard unyielding surfaces that he or she walks and plays upon every day. In this country and most of the world, we in essence paved the surfaces on which we run, walk, play and live. When was the last time you stepped off a hard, flat and unyielding surface for any amount of time? The point being is that our bodies were designed for walking on the earth which has varied surfaces from hard to soft and from straight and to slanted, jagged and even crooked. Walking on these varied surfaces allowed the muscles and bones of our feet to develop in a certain way. Walking on exclusively flat, hard and unyielding surfaces likewise causes the muscles and bones of our feet to develop in a certain way. We believe that shoes help prevent the adverse effects from walking exclusively on hard, flat and unyielding surfaces and that ultimately orthotics, in many cases are necessary in addition to shoes. Ask your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about your child's feet or the way that they walk or run.
Should my child be scared of coming in for an ingrown toenail surgery?
As physicians, our job is always to help and heal. Neither you nor your child should ever be afraid to visit us. After administering a topical as well as a local anesthetic, you will feel only pressure and not any pain. The procedure is relatively quick and painless.
Is it normal for my kid's feet to hurt when he walks?
No. No matter what age you are foot pain is never normal. There are many reasons for foot pain and they should be evaluated by a podiatrist.
Is it okay that my child walks on his toes?
Toe walking is something many young children do for a short period of time. If your child is exclusively toe walking, it may be a sign of other biomechanical or nerve problems. A podiatrist is best trained to identify the cause of your child’s toe walking. There are a variety of orthosis and other simple treatments that can be used to correct this.
Why do my child's ankles roll in?
Have you noticed that your child shies away from physical activities or complains of foot pain after walking a lot? If you take a close look at your child standing, you may notice there is no arch. Flat feet are a fairly common problem and the ankles appear to roll in. This problem will not resolve by itself and can lead to foot pain, ankle pain, and knee pain later in life. Early treatment is critical in the still developing bones of children.
Why do my kids get ingrown toenails?
There are a number of reasons nails can become ingrown including improperly fitting shoes, injury, excessive moisture, or most commonly, improperly cutting your nails. Routinely cutting the nails improperly, down at an angle instead of straight across, is the most common cause of ingrown nails.
Why do my kids get plantar warts?
Plantar warts are caused by a virus. Due to their growing immune system, children seem to be more prone to the virus than adults.
Is there anything I can do to prevent plantar warts from coming back?
Protecting your feet with footwear in addition to keeping them clean and dry is the best way to avoid new warts. Constant monitoring and treating new warts early is the best way to eliminate them.