Many parents have concerns about their children and feel concerned about whether their feet and legs are functioning as they should.
In some cases children can experience a lot of pain and are unable to participate in their sporting endeavours. Sometimes just getting out of bed in the morning can be a painful experience.
You can trust that our podiatrists will provide you with clear, honest and experienced advice. We will provide step by step treatment plans to help your children progress and return to their desired activities.
Take a look at the podiatry for children services we offer.
Non-painful Childhood Concerns
Sometimes when we watch our children playing we are unsure if the way, stand, run and jump is quite right.
Or perhaps it is something a friend or relative has said that has made you question if everything is as it should be.
Whilst your child may not be complaining of pain, it is important to make sure that their lower legs and feet are functioning as they should.
Often, getting an expert option can help put minds at ease.
Sometimes though, it is possible to improve how your child is walking, through exercise and stretching programs, footwear advice or shoe inserts.
This can prevent future conditions from occurring that can be a result of the way they are now walking.
Some examples of the more common non-painful childhood concerns parents have can be seen below:
- Flat or high arches
- Knocked knees or bowed legs
- In toeing (or being Pigeon toed)
- Tripping more than expected
- Inability to climb stairs
- Inability to run
- Wanting advice regarding footwear
- “W” sitting
- Family history of painful feet, knees or back that may be caused from the foot function.
Painful Foot Rehabilitation Concerns
When our children are in pain it can be hard to watch.
They may be unable to participate in their sporting endeavours, or they do participate but don’t achieve their potential.
In many cases, the way the feet function can place excessive strain on the muscles and joints and be a major contributing factor to pain.
Our podiatrists for children are trained in assessing your childs’ foot alignment when standing and walking; the foot structure and joint movement as well as the strength of the muscles.
We will write specific treatment plans that may involve exercise and stretching programs, footwear advice or shoe inserts so that your child can get back to fully participating in life.
Some examples of the more common childhood pains can be seen below:
- Pain under the arch
- Pain under the heel
- Pain around the ankles
- Recurrent ankle sprains
- Pain at the back of the heel
- Pain at the front of the foot
- Pain in the legs
- Night pains
- Knee pain
- Hip pain
Painful Skin and Nail Concerns
Whilst children can experience a number of skin and toenail concerns, there are a few that are more common in children than others.
The commonly seen skin and nail concerns in childhood are:
- Ingrown toenails
- Plantar warts (verrucae)
Reach out to a podiatrist who can help to treating and manage children’s foot, skin and gait concerns.
Reach out to a podiatrist who specialises in treating children’s foot, skin and gait concerns.