Since many foot disorders are inherited, bunions, hammertoes, flat feet and gait problems as well as knee, hip and low back pains can often be diagnosed, prevented or treated early on, especially if adults in the family have these problems. In addition, childhood problems such as ingrown toenails, warts and growth plate injuries as well as sports injuries and performance issues are common to the Podiatry office. Utilizing patience and gentle care, these problems are cared for utilizing techniques designed to keep the patient active, comfortable and whenever possible, offer permanent cures and preventions to ensure a lifetime of future comfort. Special shoes, children's orthotics and office procedures that rarely involve local anesthesia are employed with your approval after education and explanation of your child's problem has been offered. In addition, Pediatricians are kept informed of problems and treatment results so that they can care and remain involved in care.