Toe, foot and ankle conditions can be congenital (present at birth) or acquired, meaning it is caused by an injury, an infection, arthritis or a tumor. At Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, our pediatric orthopedic specialists are specially trained to diagnose and treat all toe, foot and ankle conditions and injuries in babies, kids, teens and young adults through age 21.
Acquired deformities of the toe, foot or ankle may be caused by:
- Injury to a child’s growth plate
- Trauma to joint surfaces
- Fracture malunions (the bone doesn’t heal properly)
- Neuromuscular deformities, such as muscular dystrophy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, tethered cord, spasticity, infection or tumors
Congenital toe, foot and ankle disorders can be genetic, and while many are present at birth, some may not be noticeable until your child is a teen.
Whether your child stubs his toe or is born with a condition in which his toes are bending the wrong way, there are a variety of toe conditions and injuries that can affect a child.
At Children’s, we are specialists at diagnosing and treating the following:
Many of our orthopedic doctors subspecialize in congenital (present at birth) foot deformities and other pediatric foot conditions and injuries. They are common and range from normal differences that need no treatment to severe deformities that need prompt and intensive treatment.
We treat the following pediatric foot conditions and injuries:
From ankle fractures to ankle sprains, ankle injuries are among the most common bone and joint injuries and can affect your child’s tibia (shinbone), fibula (outer ankle bone) and talus (bone that connects the leg to the foot).
The pediatric orthopedic specialists at Children’s are trained to treat a range of pediatric ankle conditions and injuries, including:
A broken ankle is a fracture or fractures of three bones in the ankle joint, which can render your child’s ankle unstable. This injury is usually caused by the ankle twisting, turning or rolling while walking or running.
Our team at Children’s helps diagnose and treat the following ankle fractures:
Broken Ankle Animation
What does it look like when a kid breaks his ankle?
See what it looks like when a child breaks an ankle, a common childhood injury.
This content is general information and is not specific medical advice. Always consult with a doctor or healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns about the health of a child. In case of an urgent concern or emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department right away. Some physicians and affiliated healthcare professionals on the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta team are independent providers and are not our employees.