At Advanced Foot Care Centers, our podiatrists are trained to care for the unique needs of patients with Down Syndrome. In honor of October being National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, we have gathered a list of commonly seen conditions associated with Down Syndrome that our foot doctors regularly treat.
Whether you are an adult coming in for yourself or a parent coming in with a child, Dr. Kraus will perform an individualized exam to address your concerns. Schedule your appointment today by calling (423) 698 – 1966.
Characteristics of the Feet in Down Syndrome Patients:
- Flat feet
- Wide feet with an exaggerated crease on the bottom
- Smaller/Shorter legs, feet, and toes
- Loose ligaments and less muscle tone in the legs and feet
- Decreased range of motion at the ankle
- Instability and problems with balance
- Walk with feet further apart for better balance
- Feet point out
- Walking on the toes
- Frequently scuff the front of the feet leading to tripping and possibly falling
- Arch pain
- Clawed toes
- Ingrown toenails
- Irritation from shoes
- Knee Pain
Treatment for the Feet of Down Syndrome Patients:
There are many ways to treat the feet of patients with Down Syndrome. The majority of treatments are quick, easy, and pain free. For example, you may need orthotics (shoe inserts,) foot care tips, personalized shoe recommendations, etc. to help decrease podiatric symptoms and to slow or prevent new problems from arising. Call (423) 698 – 1966 today to book your appointment with Dr.Kraus at Advanced Foot Care Centers in Chattanooga, TN.
By: Dr Ira Kraus, DPM