Children are very welcome at our clinic.
As children and toddlers grow and develop they can suffer from a range of foot problems. We believe by assessing children’s feet early in their lives that any issues can be picked up and addressed before becoming more problematic. Prevention is always better than cure!
We recommend that you consult a podiatrist if:
- Your child is complaining of pain or “tiredness”, cramping or you are needing to massage their feet or legs at night.
- Your child isn’t very active, is reluctant to participate in sport or complains when having to stand or walk for any length of time.
- You’re concerned about the look of your child’s feet or the way they walk:
- Prominent bones, bunions or curly toes
- Flat feet o Knock knees o Pigeon toed (in-toed walking)
- Toe walking
- Uneven shoe wear pattern
- Both feet just don’t look the same
- Clumsiness – always tripping and falling
- Poor co-ordination
- Your child needs a footwear assessment
Other common foot problems that your child may suffer from are:
- Warts (verrucae)
- Ingrown toenails
- Tinea “athletes foot”
- Heel pain (Sever’s Disease)
- Knee pain (Osgood Schlatter’s disease)
- Sprained ankle
- Tarsal coalitions
- Metatarsus Adductus
- Club foot
So remember the following:
- Symptoms should be addressed
- Anything that looks different should be assessed
- A strong family history of feet, ankle, knee, and back problems means that you need to make sure your child’s feet are working well. Your feet influence your whole body!