MEMORIAL HOSPITAL OF RHODE ISLAND OFFERS THE CHILDREN’S FOOT CENTER OF RHODE ISLAND
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
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
“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.