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Pediatric Podiatry

Release Date: 09/16/2014


Pawtucket, RI – An eight-year-old boy with an atypical gait, forefoot pain and significant leg cramps. A 10-year-old girl with hip and knee pain.

These are the kinds of patients who come to The Children’s Foot Center of Rhode Island in the Pediatric Department at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island for help. Doctors there quickly diagnosed the boy as an idiopathic toe walker and performed a procedure to lengthen his Achilles tendon to bring the heel back down to the ground, eliminating the pain and optimizing the boy’s gait. A thorough bio mechanical examination was performed on the girl, revealing torsional deformities of the lower extremities with flat feet and a significant limb length discrepancy. Custom molded orthotics were fabricated to correct her foot deformity and address her limb length. Her knee and hip pain subsided and her gait was optimized.

The Children’s Foot Center of Rhode Island located in the Pediatric Department at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, is a first of its kind in the state. There are facilities that offer foot and ankle care to pediatrics, but The Children’s Foot Center of Rhode Island at Memorial Hospital is the only facility specifically devoted to foot and ankle pathologies in children. As an integral part of the pediatric care team of Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, the Children’s Foot Center’s mission is to aid in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of many conditions that affect the legs and feet. Memorial’s Children’s Foot Center focuses on developmental foot conditions including congenital flatfoot, metatarsus adductus, toe walking, in/out toeing and pediatric bunions. 

“Many lifelong foot problems begin in childhood and early detection and intervention can impact the progress of these disorders,” said Jason Mallette, DPM, co-founder of the Children’s Foot Center of Rhode Island. Children can experience an array of foot and leg problems and these may not always be associated with pain. Because their muscles and bones are still forming and growing, children are known to be more flexible and resilient than adults.  

“Leg or foot pain is usually indicative of an underlying problem but there are other signs and symptoms that may warrant a thorough biomechanical exam,” said Dr. Mallette.  

Whether your child has a current problem or you wish to have an overall assessment of his/her feet, podiatrists have the expert knowledge and care to understand the cause of your child’s ailment in order to provide the most effective cure.  

Brown University affiliated clinicians and residents are available by appointment every other Friday morning from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Appointments can be made at any time by calling the Children’s Foot Center of Rhode Island, located at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, at (401) 729-2582.


About Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island

Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, serves as the major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the chief site for the medical school's primary care academic program. Research focuses on primary care and disease prevention, including osteoarthritis, heart disease, cancer, pulmonary function, maternal and child health and women’s health issues.

Memorial provides health services for the people of Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts including oncology, cardiovascular, orthopedics, rehabilitation, pain management, and diagnostics. Memorial offers primary care services in Pawtucket, Central Falls and Plainville, Massachusetts.