Foot health for kids is important therefore choosing a Podiatrist for children is an important step in managing the best health outcomes for children with foot problems. It is in our youngest years of development that we lay the foundations for adult foot function. Children may begin to walk anywhere between the ages of 8 – 18 months and their feet are rapidly growing and changing all the time which can subject kids to many developmental foot problems so it is important to ensure your child’s feet are developing correctly and have any problems or queries attended to by your children’s podiatrist.
All of our Podiatrists at Peninsula Foot Clinic are experienced in treating children’s foot problems of all ages and have compressive knowledge when it comes to Paediatric Podiatry. A consultation with a podiatrist will involve thorough history taking and depending on the age if your child, examination may often involve treadmill gait analysis to identify the source of the problem with walking or running.
Generally most children’s foot problems are not of great concern and can be satisfactorily resolved with the advice from a Podiatrist for children. Many common conditions that affect children can be easily treated with modifications to sitting and sleeping positions, strength and stretching plans, footwear modifications and orthotics. Having your children’s podiatrist assess footwear ensures your child is wearing appropriate footwear from an early age you can aid in the prevention of foot and lower limb problems, improvement in gait posture and a reduced likelihood of future injury.
Common foot and lower limb conditions that effect children that require assessment and advice by a Paediatric Podiatrist include:
- Curly toes
- Metatarsus adductus
- Paediatric flat foot
- Foot pain associated with juvenile arthritis
- Growing pains
- Toe walking
- Tarsal coalition
- Sports injuries
- Juvenile hallux abduct Valgas (HAV)
- Ingrown toenails
- Heel pain
- In-toe or out-toe walking
- Footwear and abnormal wear in shoes
All of our podiatrists at the Peninsula Foot Clinic will work with other practitioners to archive best possible outcomes for children’s foot problems and referrals to a specialist, doctor, other Paediatric Podiatrists or other Allied Health professional can be arranged if needed. No doctor referral is required to see a Podiatrist at Peninsula Foot Clinic.