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Children's Feet Specialist

Tussey Mountain Foot & Ankle Specialists

Foot and Ankle Surgery & Podiatric Medicine located in State College, PA

Many conditions and injuries can affect children’s feet. Because your child’s feet are growing, these painful foot conditions require specialized care. Andrew Bernhard, DPM, and Kaitlyn Bernhard, DPM, specialize in providing expert care for children’s feet at Tussey Mountain Foot & Ankle Specialists in State College, Pennsylvania. To get help for your child’s painful foot problem, call the office or schedule an appointment online today with our podiatrists.

Children's Feet Q & A

What conditions affect children’s feet?

Children are susceptible to many of the same injuries and foot problems that affect adults. Additionally, some children are born with abnormalities that change the normal structure and function of the feet.

Common conditions that affect children’s feet include:


Foot and ankle fractures affect all ages, including children. When your child has a broken bone in their foot or ankle, they need proper care to ensure the bone heals without affecting normal growth.

Ankle sprain

Though you may be able to treat a minor ankle sprain at home, consulting with the experts at Tussey Mountain Foot & Ankle Specialists ensures your child’s sprain heals properly.


Some children are born with a bunion (congenital hallux valgus) or develop a bunion during adolescence (adolescent hallux valgus). These bunions may cause pain. 

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease causes heel pain from swelling and inflammation of the growth plate at the heel. Children who play sports may develop this type of heel pain condition.

Flat feet

Children are born with flat feet but develop an arch around age six. However, some children continue to have flat feet, which may cause foot pain.

Cavus foot

Cavus foot is an excessively high foot arch that causes the foot to turn inward. The high foot arch affects foot mechanics and body weight distribution, causing pain. Children with cavus feet are also more susceptible to ankle sprains and fractures.

When do children’s feet conditions need podiatry care?

You should schedule an appointment with the experts at Tussey Mountain Foot & Ankle Specialists if your child has a foot condition that causes pain. The podiatry experts treat foot deformities and injuries.

How are children’s feet conditions treated?

Tussey Mountain Foot & Ankle Specialists customizes care for children’s feet conditions based on their diagnosis and symptoms. Treatment may include:

  • Custom orthotics
  • Physical therapy
  • Change in shoewear
  • Splinting, bracing, or casting
  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE)
  • Over-the-counter pain medication
  • Ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs) devices

When appropriate, the podiatric surgeons at Tussey Mountain Foot & Ankle Specialists may recommend surgery to fix your child’s foot condition. They use the most advanced tools and techniques when performing procedures, so your child gets the best results.

To find out more about podiatry care for children’s feet, call Tussey Mountain Foot & Ankle Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.