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Pediatric Foot Care

Steven Lemberger, DPM, DACFAS

Board Certified Podiatrist & Foot Surgeon located in Freehold, NJ

Pediatric foot care treats common podiatry problems that affect children and teenagers. Identifying and managing these issues early on ensures your child’s feet stay healthy and problem-free. At his private practice in Freehold, New Jersey, board-certified podiatrist Steven Lemberger, DPM, DACFAS, provides a full suite of pediatric foot care services, including preventive exams, diagnostic screenings, and outpatient procedures like radial shockwave therapy. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.

Pediatric Foot Care Q & A

What is pediatric foot care?

Pediatric foot care is a branch of podiatry focused on diagnosing, treating, and preventing foot-related health problems in children and teenagers. Young people experience many of the same foot conditions as adults, including plantar fasciitis, plantar warts, and flat feet. 

However, because children grow rapidly, these ailments can trigger more serious symptoms. Identifying and treating foot-related problems early on helps prevent problems down the road. Dr. Lemberger’s young patients benefit not only from his expertise, but also from his kind and compassionate demeanor.

What conditions can pediatric foot care treat?

Dr. Lemberger uses pediatric foot care to treat a variety of common conditions, including:

  • Warts
  • Bunions
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Conditions that affect growth centers
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Foot and ankle sprains
  • Hammertoes
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Plantar warts

Dr. Lemberger also provides sports medicine guidance. This type of podiatry can help your child lower their risk of activity-related injuries by practicing proper form and wearing comfortable footwear.

What happens during a pediatric foot care appointment?

A pediatric foot care appointment begins with a thorough physical exam and a review of your child’s medical history. During your child’s consultation, Dr. Lemberger asks questions about any unusual symptoms your child is experiencing and their lifestyle, including whether they play sports, what kind of foods they eat, and the type of shoes they wear.

Parents can attend these appointments, so if your child is shy or unable to answer any of these questions, feel free to speak up. You should also bring a list of any prescription medications, vitamins, or nutritional supplements your child takes regularly.

If an exam and discussion don’t provide adequate information to make a diagnosis, Dr. Lemberger might also order lab tests or diagnostic imaging to pinpoint the source of your child’s discomfort. 

How are pediatric foot problems treated?

Treatment of pediatric foot problems depends on your child’s unique symptoms and the effects on their quality of life. Whenever possible, Dr. Lemberger recommends conservative, noninvasive treatments like rest, physical therapy, custom orthotics, and enPuls radial shockwave therapy.

If these measures don’t provide adequate relief, Dr. Lemberger might recommend cryotherapy to treat plantar warts or a minimally invasive surgery to address flat feet, neuromas, or bunions.

To schedule a pediatric foot care appointment for your child, contact the practice of Steven Lemberger, DPM, DACFAS. Call the office to speak with a friendly staff member or book a consultation online today.