The growing foot requires special attention,
as many of the bones and supportive structures have not yet fully developed.
This means that a child’s foot is significantly more vulnerable to injury and strain than an adult foot
Early intervention and appropriate treatment
is important when poor foot mechanics are identified in a growing foot as this can have
a considerable impact on how the child walks or stands.
As part of our initial consultation we also conduct a general assessment of the lower limbs (hips, knees and legs), whilst also assessing the child’s walking pattern.
This gives us great insight into the developmental milestones, coordination, muscle strength & function, whilst also identifying any habitual traits, that might
be of significance, when treating the child.
Conditions we commonly treat include:
• Flat feet
• Painful feet and legs
• Sore ankles
• Awkward walking or running
• Knocked knees
• Sore knee
• Ingoing or outgoing walk
• Frequent tripping
• Delayed walking in infants
• Sore hips and groin pain
• Lower back pain
Children's feet are different to that of adults. When they are young, their bones are still very soft and are therefore more easily affected by abnormal pressure and forces. It is important to nurture our children's feet as most of the issues we see in adults have stemmed from issues as children.
The younger a child is assessed and diagnosed, the easier it is to treat and manage the issue.
When should you see a Podiatrist.
It can be difficult to determine what is normal in your child’s feet as children all develop at different rates so if you are concerned about the development of your child’s feet at anytime you should contact a Podiatrist.
You may need to see a Podiatrist if your child:
Complains of pain in their feet, lower legs, or knees • Have abnormally flat appearing feet • Demonstrates excessively turned inwards feet (pigeon toes) or turn outwards feet • Have Ingrown toenails Is waking during the night with leg pain • Has abnormally shaped toes • Has uneven wear on the soles of their shoes • Has a visible bunion • Is limping or walking abnormally • Walks on their toes • Isn’t walking by 18 months.
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