Pediatric Reconstructive Foot And Ankle Surgery Specialist

Allyson B. Fried, DPM, MD -  - Podiatrist

Allyson B. Fried, DPM, MD

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Los Angeles, Culver City, CA

When your little one needs a surgical repair of their feet or ankle deformities, it is important that they receive the best care possible. Dr. Allyson Fried of Culver City, Los Angeles, California, is experienced and highly knowledgeable in the care of pediatric conditions that require reconstructive surgery of the feet and ankles, like flat foot and clubfoot. If you would like to discuss reconstructive surgery of your child’s foot or ankle condition, call or book your appointment online today.

Pediatric Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgery Q & A

What is pediatric reconstructive foot or ankle surgery?

Pediatric reconstructive surgery is an invasive procedure used to fix a deformity of a child’s feet or ankles, with the goal of correcting the growth and development of their bones.

Surgical correction is sometimes needed because the deformity of the feet or ankles causes pain for the child. Correction may also be needed if the deformity prevents normal development or hinders proper mobility. Surgical correction is often a difficult choice, and knowledgeable, skilled guidance is important.

What conditions may require pediatric reconstructive foot or ankle surgery?

Some conditions of the feet or ankles are present at birth and will not fix themselves, while others may resolve on their own. A podiatrist like Dr. Fried, with both experience and expertise to know when surgery is best, is a valuable asset.

The most common causes for pediatric reconstructive surgery of the feet or ankles are:

Clubfoot

A clubfoot is a deformity present at birth, where the affected foot is usually smaller than the other, and the foot is turned inward. An untreated clubfoot prevents a child from normal mobility.

Flat feet

While common at birth, flat feet — feet with no arch — can cause trouble in the long term with walking and running. Usually, surgical repair is not necessary until the child is older and has pain or developed mobility issues.

Some other conditions that may require pediatric foot surgery are:

  • Cavus foot
  • Tarsal coalition
  • Juvenile bunion
  • Accessory navicular

If your child has any of these conditions, Dr. Fried discusses with you whether reconstructive surgery is the best possible option for their long-term treatment.

When should I consider pediatric reconstructive surgery for my child’s feet or ankles?

Usually, treatment for any of these conditions begins with a non-surgical approach. Ideally, surgical treatment is only considered when other, less invasive treatments have been attempted and have not been effective.

Non-surgical treatments may include:

  • Splints
  • Casting
  • Orthotic insoles
  • Physical therapy
  • Shoe modification

When these methods for treating the condition do not work, and pain or altered mobility remains an issue for your child, it may be time to discuss reconstructive foot or ankle surgery with Dr. Fried.

With over 36 years of experience treating adults and children, Dr. Fried bases her plan of care on what is best for your child and their long-term mobility and comfort.

If you would like to discuss pediatric reconstructive foot or ankle surgery, call or book your appointment online today.