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Many adult foot ailments, like other bodily ills, have their origins in childhood and are present at birth. Periodic professional attention and regular foot care can minimize these problems in later life. Neglecting foot health invites problems in other parts of the body, such as the legs and back.

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Your podiatric physician/surgeon has been trained specifically and extensively in the diagnosis and treatment of all manner of foot conditions. This training encompasses all of the intricately related systems and structures of the foot and lower leg including neurological, circulatory, skin, and the musculoskeletal system, which includes bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves.

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Hannah, 9, sprained and had a small stress fracture in her foot back in January.  A few weeks into things, her pain increased and her foot started to turn blue.  As soon as I sent Dr. Belgin pictures of it, he made the connection that she had developed CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome). He sent us to Mercy.  Hannah was their first pediatric patient ever with this.  We were lucky enough to get into Kennedy Krieger within 4 weeks.  Dr. Belgin was instrumental in getting her in and getting her what she needed.

Although she missed the majority of her third grade year, Hannah responded really well to all of her therapies.  It spread, since she sprained her other ankle on vacation.  She now has it in both legs.  The CRPS pediatric specialist at Krieger tells us that she’ll most likely develop it in any injury that she has within a year. She’ll go through remissions and flare ups for the rest of her life. Anyway, she has the best chance of walking because Dr. Belgin recognized what was going on. We have routines that we to do every day for the nerve pain.  Even with the forever needs, we are so lucky.  There are kids who wait six months or more for a diagnosis and end up in a wheelchair.  Hannah uses a scooter when we walk for long periods of time.  She was able to swim yesterday for the first time.” – Jennifer 07.22.2015