Can Your Child Compete In White Plains Sports With Sever’s Disease?

Posted by on Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Sever’s disease has a scary sounding name, but in truth, the condition has nothing to do with anything in the body being “severed.” The first mention of overexertion-related heel pain was by J.W. Sever, M.D., who wrote about it in the New York Medical Journal in 1912. It may be new to you, but our NY podiatrists treat quite a few of these cases each year — particularly among children ages 7-14 who are active in soccer, basketball, or running. It is the leading cause of heel pain in young athletes, constituting an estimated 5.8% of all youth sport injuries. As a parent, you’re probably wondering: What caused it? What do I do about it? And will it affect my child later in life? The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, with offices in Manhattan and Westchester, has all the answers for you.

Children ages 7-14 are at risk for Sever’s Disease, particularly if they play a lot of sports. (Image Source:
Children ages 7-14 are at risk for Sever’s Disease, particularly if they play a lot of sports. (Image Source:

White Plains Gait Analysis For Children Can Identify Gait Abnormalities

Posted by on Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Are you worried about the way your child is walking? Do you want to keep tabs on your child’s musculoskeletal development and make sure you have him or her in the right type of footwear? Have you debated custom orthotics, prostheses, or assistive walking devices for your youngster? Has your child suffered a lower extremity injury or received a diagnosis for a degenerative disease? White Plains gait analysis for children can help.

The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine’s office in White Plains is specially equipped for pediatric early intervention and treatments with a state-of-the-art gait analysis center. Don’t wait and worry: have all your questions answered by a team of knowledgeable and compassionate foot and ankle specialists!

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A child with cerebral palsy undergoes gait analysis as part of broader treatment to improve and maintain mobility. Image Source: Wikimedia user Iluvicedtea

Trick Or Treat Feet: Best Halloween Costumes For Kids In A Foot Cast Or Boot

Posted by on Monday, October 24th, 2016

It’s every kid’s worst nightmare: mere weeks or days before the highly-anticipated Halloween trick-or-treating and a foot injury results in the need for a cast or a silly walking boot—and perhaps even crutches! Accidents can happen at any time and, as parents, we want to do what we can to teach our children to cope with whatever life throws at them. Halloween foot injuries are no treat, but NYC podiatrists at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine have a few ideas for kids to incorporate their injured foot or ankle into a creative costume that can still be a lot of fun.

Many costumes work well for kids with foot injuries.
With some ingenuity, many costumes look and function BETTER with a foot or ankle injury. Image Source: Flickr user Kevin Tostado.

How Can I Ease My Child’s Growing Pains? Recognizing Symptoms and Finding Treatments

Posted by on Monday, October 10th, 2016

Growing pains can be a real pain—and not just for children but for parents as well. Almost two in five kids suffer from growing pains in the front of the thighs, behind the knees, and in the calves. The discomfort is typically worse in the afternoon and early evening. It can be difficult to watch your child flailing about, keeping in near constant motion to keep stretching the ache away. Sometimes the pain is so severe that the child wakes up in the night.

You may even worry that your child has a more serious problem like restless leg syndrome (which can contribute to sleep deprivation and depression) or even juvenile arthritis. Other differential diagnoses may include tumors (if the pain is focal), undiagnosed traumatic injury, growth plate inflammation, bone infection (if accompanied by fever and flu-like symptoms), hypermobility syndrome in the joint, or nocturnal cramping.

Our NYC podiatrists diagnose and treat child growing pains to help your family rest easy.

It can be hard to watch your child suffer from growing pains. Find out how you can help!
Is your little one suffering from growing pains? Find out from our NYC podiatrists. Image Source: Flickr CC user Paul.

How Well Are You Treating and Managing Your Child’s Foot Pain?

Posted by on Friday, July 29th, 2016

Most parents’ worst fear is seeing their children in long-term chronic pain. The story of 8-year-old Taylor Aschenbrenner touches upon this sensitive subject which, while discomforting, is vital to consider so that we can be alert to important issues in our children’s foot care.

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A roller skating accident led to two years of unidentified foot pain for one young girl. (Image credit: Flickr CC user David Bedard)

Parents Write Book To Help Kids Cope with Arthrogryposis Foot Amputation Surgery

Posted by on Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Life doesn’t always follow our plans, a fact that can be doubly difficult for parents. New Zealand parents Margot and Anton Wuts were devastated upon learning their two-year-old daughter had a birth deformity known as arthrogryposis – a curving of the joints that would require her to undergo a double foot amputation by age four. They worried how the foot amputation surgery would impact her future mobility, and how they’d prepare their daughter for the road ahead.

Arthrogryposis Foot Amputation Surgery
“Little Jellybean” chronicles a young girl’s struggle to come to terms with foot amputation surgery. (Image Source: The Amputees Federation of New Zealand)

Ask a NYC Sports Medicine Doctor: How to Nurse Your Injured Child Athlete Back to Health

Posted by on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Parents want their kids to grow up healthy, strong, confident, and sociable. Sports activities help in all these aspects, but they also put children at increased risk of getting hurt. Over 2.6 million kids visit emergency rooms for sports-related injuries each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC, the majority of youth sports injuries we see are run-of-the-mill sprains and strains. We’re always glad parents take the time to bring their kids in for evaluation, even if they suspect it’s nothing serious. Sometimes an injury with mild early symptoms can turn out to be a growth plate injury requiring more aggressive treatment or surgery to prevent future issues.

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Sprains and strains may result from cleat use, overuse, training errors, or other causes. A NYC sports medicine doctor will help you get to the root of the problem. Image Source:

Here are some tips we give parents who are caring for youth sports injuries.

Keep Your Children Injury-Free: NYC Sports Podiatrists Warn About Child Sport Specialization

Posted by on Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

What does it take for a child to become the next Wayne Gretsky, David Beckham, or Peyton Manning? Parents may feel pressured by coaches or by their own desires to push a youngster to greatness by focusing on the same sport seven days a week, all year round. It’s especially difficult to tell a child to “slow down” or “branch out” when the child clearly enjoys the sport and wants to play in all of his or her spare time. However, physicians, athletic trainers, and sports podiatrists agree that sports specialization hurts kids, and can increase the risk of injury, including injuries of the feet and ankles.

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How old should your child be prior to sports specialization to lower the risk of injury? Image Source: Flickr CC user USAG- Humphreys

Fitting Kids’ Shoes: Choosing the Right Shoes for Your Kids, and the Problem With Kids’ Shoes These Days

Posted by on Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Like many parents, I had experienced the frustration of trips to the shoe store with a wriggly, screaming, diaper-soiling toddler.1 “Never again!” I’d said, vowing to take my shopping online. It wasn’t so easy, though. All summer, my active toddler was walking, climbing, running, and playing in a size 5 shoe. It seemed simple enough: come fall, we’d graduate to the next size up and be on our merry way for another three months or so, right?

While her foot did indeed cram into a 5.5, my daughter started walking on tip-toes with greater frequency and telling me “No, no, no” when it was time to put her shoes on, so I knew something was up. We even tried a size 6 dress shoe, but that fit worse than the 5.5. Imagine my surprise when the old Brannock Device at the shoe store revealed that her actual shoe size was a 6.5 wide!

In actuality, a child’s foot can grow up to 12 sizes in their first three years of life!2 One study found a half-size increase:3

  • Every 2 months for kids ages 0-15 months
  • Every 2-3 months for kids ages 15-24 months
  • Every 3-4 months for kids ages 2-3 years
  • Every 4 months for kids ages 3-5 years

The podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC are here to assure you that you need not beat yourself up over the fact your kid’s been wearing the wrong shoe size, because it happens more commonly than you might think.

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Is your toddler falling a lot or walking on tippy-toes? It could be related to wrong shoe size. Fitting kids’ shoes can be tricky, but we have some tips. Image Source:

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Do You Need Flat Foot Implants? 3 Success Stories of Flat Foot Surgery

Posted by on Friday, September 25th, 2015

Flexible flatfoot is a common deformity in kids, believed to affect over a third of children by age six. One study published in the journal of Pediatrics found that most interventions were unnecessary, as the deformity naturally corrected itself in about half of all patients by age 11.1 Arch formation often does not truly begin until age five, so it makes sense that it takes a while for foot structure to fully develop. Whether due to obesity, rigorous sports activity, choice of footwear, or genetics, some children develop unusually severe foot pain or walking abnormalities affecting other parts of the skeletal system. For these patients, flat foot implants may be necessary. Thankfully, revolutions in medical devices and implant procedures have made this a relatively quick and easy surgery.2

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