Children’s Feet

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)
  • Fractures
  • 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
  • Blistering
  • 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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Frequently asked questions

What is a podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a university qualified, licenced healthcare practitioner who can assess, diagnose, manage, and treat diseases affecting the feet and lower limbs.

Do you need a referral to see a podiatrist?

A doctor's referral is not necessary to see a podiatrist. Although if a doctor has referred you please make sure you bring a copy of the referral letter to your next appointment.

What can you expect from your first podiatry appointment?

Your initial appointment at Feet First Podiatry will last 40 minutes. This time gives your podiatrist the chance to carefully examine you, comprehend your needs, and appropriately diagnose your condition.

During this session, we will also create a thorough treatment plan that will help you to reach your objective as quickly as possible.

How often do you need to visit?

The frequency and number of visits will be determined by the nature of the condition being treated. Both treatment and general foot care can vary greatly, but following an initial visit, your podiatrist will be able to give you with a framework.

Can I claim my podiatrist appointment on private health?

Private health insurance does cover health treatments such as podiatry. The amount of coverage you have with your provider will determine whether or not your coverage includes podiatry.

We have a Hicaps card machine at the clinic, which means that if you bring your private health card with you to your visit, we can scan and claim from them on the spot.

What form of payment do you take?

We take all Visa and Mastercard credit cards, HICAPS, cash payments, and AMEX.

Can a podiatrist help diabetes?

If you have diabetes, it is suggested that you have your feet evaluated by a podiatrist at least once a year. Diabetes can cause ulcers and other complications such as gangrene, and it is critical to detect these issues early.

Do you treat children?

Yes, we do treat children on a regular basis. Children make up a sizable portion of our clientele.

Does Medicare cover podiatry?

The Australian government considers podiatry to be an allied health profession, and as a result, Medicare rebates are often not available for visits to a podiatrist.

A Chronic Disease Management Plan (EPC) is accessible for people with chronic conditions who require complex management. This government-sponsored program enables people with chronic medical issues to earn Medicare refunds for podiatrist treatments. Consult your doctor to check whether you are qualified.

What should I bring to my appointment?

Please bring any referrals or letters from doctors, past x-rays or scans, and a current list of medicines if relevant. Any previously issued orthoses, as well as any footwear you often use, are also quite beneficial.

Are you open any evening hours?

Yes we are! Our open hours during the week are:

Opening Hours:
Mon – 8:15 am to 5:00 pm
Tue – 8.30 am to 6:00 pm
Wed – 8:30 am to 8:00 pm
Thu – 8:30 am to 7:00 pm
Fri – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

With Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday catering to those who work.