The importance of children’s foot care
Child’s feet are made up of ‘soft’ bone similar to cartilage, which over time will harden into the solid bones of an adult’s feet. Due to the fast rate at which a child’s feet grow and develop, a number of foot problems can occur. To give your children the best chance of thriving in life, an importance needs to be placed on the development of their feet, implementing healthy foot care habits, footwear and an awareness of any issues or abnormalities early, allowing for proactive intervention to reduce the likelihood of developing a more serious condition later in life. If you have a family history of foot issues or any concerns, it’s important to have your child’s feet and gait assessed by a podiatrist.
Why it’s important to monitor your child’s feet
Children can suffer from foot problems that range from abnormalities at birth, accidents and overuse, injuries, growing pains, shoes that are ill-fitting or impractical to illness or disease.
Our qualified podiatrists can do a thorough assessment of your child’s feet and guide you through a management plan to ensure their feet are healthy and their development is on track.
Below are some of the conditions that we treat at Feet First:
- Calcaneal apophysitis (Sever’s disease)
- Juvenile Bunion deformity
- Ingrown toenails
- Growing pains
- Curly toes
- Paediatric flat foot
- Metatarsus adductus
- Foot pain associated with juvenile arthritis
- Toe Walking
- Heel pain
- Excessive in-toe or out-toe walking
- Sore calves, knees, hips, and lower back (all of which can stem from the feet)
How can Feet First Podiatrists help your child’s feet?
The pediatric podiatrists at Feet First are qualified experts in the care and development of children’s feet. While most irregularities or pain in a child’s foot will resolve naturally, if your child is experiencing sore feet caused by growing pains, injury or illness then we’d recommend being assessed by one of our podiatrists who will walk you and your child through a comprehensive management plan for maintaining healthy growth, whether it be through specific exercise-based management, flexibility and balance programs, soft tissue therapies or taping. In some cases, we may recommend orthotics that can be put in their school and sports schools. We can also provide guidance on suitable footwear for school and physical activity.
If you have any concerns about your child’s development and function, Feet First Podiatry will provide a thorough assessment and offer solutions so that your child can get back to living an active, healthy life! Click the link below to book in to see one of our friendly podiatrists today.
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