Dr. DeCaro is the President of the American College of Foot & Ankle Pediatrics
Dr. DeCaro routinely lectures to pediatric organizations, groups, and schools. He also conducts screenings for middle school and high school sports teams throughout the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts.
Dr. DeCaro gathers his referrals not only from the pediatricians locally but the early intervention/pediatric physical therapists, and those who work with kids in many of the Pioneer Valley schools.
Dr. DeCaro sees pediatric patients every week in his West Hatfield, MA office. These patients range in age from infants to teens. The pediatric patient is evaluated both by monitoring gait patterns and examining static biomechanical findings. Currently, pediatric patients are referred with pathologies such as neuromuscular diseases, torsional problems, and general parental concerns affecting the lower extremity.
Dr. DeCaro works with a team of specialists including physical therapists, Early Intervention specialists, orthotists, prosthetists, neurologists, ophthalmologists, occupational therapists, pedorthists and primary care providers in providing the best outcome for each patient.
Dr. DeCaro has been instrumental in developing a custom, over-the-counter, pediatric orthotic, which can be used to economically treat many of the conditions which he finds in his patients. These custom, over-the-counter orthotics are LittleSTEPS and have allowed him to provide better, more affordable treatment to his young patients.
For more information click the button below to download and view a littleSTEPS parent brochure.
Dr. DeCaro welcomes any and all questions and strives to further advance the treatment of podopediatrics in the community.
For more information on your child please email Dr. DeCaro or call his office.
What Dr.DeCaro evaluates and treats in his pediatric patients:
- In-Toe/Out-Toe Gait in the child including Position/Torsion
- Suspicion of Flat Feet: Developmental Flatfoot/Flexible Flatfoot/Rigid Flatfoot
- Metatarsus Adductus & Structural Nuances of the Foot
- Rotational Abnormalities including Internal Tibial Torsion
- Pes Valgus/Lesser Tarsus Deformities
- Toe Walking
- Congenital/Developmental Conditions of the Lower Extremity
- Neuromuscular Disease Concerns
- Low/High Tone Issues Affecting Gait
- Overlapping Toes
- Juvenile Bunion deformities
- Ingrown Nails & Warts: Private Office
- Analysis of Shoe Wear Patterns
- Growing Pains including Severs Disease
- Limb Length Discrepancies
- Lower Extremity Genetic Predispositions