Arthritis in Children

While arthritis is generally known as a disease of older people, it can and does occur in children. While many cases are mild, approximately 70,000-100,000 children in America suffer from Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA), which is the most common type of childhood arthritis.

JRA can lead to slowed growth, damage to the joints and painful inflammation in children. It can attack both the ankles and feet, as well as other joints and organs in the body.

While the exact cause is not known, it is believe that some people have a genetic disposition for JRA that is triggered by an infection or environmental exposure.

Cohesive Care Plans

We work closely with our JRA patients’ rheumatologists to minimize the child’s discomfort and help return them to normal activity.

There are several things we can do to help relieve your child’s pain and discomfort from arthritis.

  • Custom foot orthotics can help them walk normally and reduce the limitations that JRA can place on their activities.
  • We can also recommend special shoes that will provide their feet with the special cushioning and support they need.
  • Other treatment options include physical therapy and
  • The use of anti-inflammatory medications.


If you are experiencing foot pain, call our office or make an online appointment



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Accepted Insurance Providers

There may be providers, plans and coverage not included on this list. We will help you with navigating the options for coverage and costs. We also accept HSA, Flex accounts, Care Credit and prompt pay pricing for treatment at the clinic and surgical procedures. We do not accept Medicaid or CareSource plans at this time. Visit our New Patient page for more details.