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Podiatry & Children

Podiatry & Children

Why is podiatry important for children?

It is important that your child reaches their gross motor milestones at the correct times. Children’s feet go through a complex process of developmental stages throughout childhood. At infancy most bones of the foot are cartilage and sometimes don’t fully form until 18 years old. This makes the feet more flexible. For these reasons children’s feet are very different to an adult’s foot. A podiatrist can assess a child’s feet and lower limb problems at any age, even as a baby and work with you if there are any concerns.

Common foot concerns for Parents

Every foot is unique and will go through its own developmental stages at different times. Some conditions can improve with growth naturally however intervention may be needed sometimes. Some common concerns are:
If your child complains of persistent pain in the feet or legs

  • Notice uneven shoe wear patterns
  • The feet appear to be in an unusual posture (in-toeing) or appear to have an unusual gait (toe walking)
  • Notice any skin lesions such as rashes, lumps or bumps in the feet
  • Your child constantly trips or falls
  • Any other concerns you may have

Common problems for children

  • Growing pains
  • Flat feet
  • In toeing or out toeing
  • Toe walking
  • Heel and knee pain
  • Knock knees or bow legs
  • Acute injuries
  • Nail and skin problems (warts, ingrown nails)

Assessment for children’s feet

A thorough assessment of your child’s feet involves a detailed medical history and a full biomechanical assessment. Treatment can involve:

  • Strapping
  • Orthotics and braces
  • Footwear advice/modifications
  • Exercises and stretches

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