Podiatrist for children
The human foot is a very complicated part of the body and the feet of young children are soft and pliable, so abnormal pressures can cause foot problems. As every parent knows, children are usually extremely active and demand a lot of their bodies. From carrying heavy back packs to participating in sport, children are involved in all sorts of activities where feet play an important role. Any muscoskeletal (muscle and bones) abnormalities if left undetected could lead to problems in adulthood. The good news is that most concerns related to children's feet and legs usually aren't serious and can be quite easily addressed if intervention is required. Because kids are still growing and developing, things are still changing so problems will either go away on their own or can be easily managed. However, it is very important to see an experienced musculoskeletal podiatrist for any children's foot and leg concerns. Its important to get an accurate diagnosis so you can be assured of the best course of action and its important to see a practitioner who knows when to intervene and when not to.
Foot & Leg Pain Clinics have expertise in diagnosing and assisting children's conditions such as :
- Flat Feet
- In-toeing and out-toeing (pigeon toe and duck feet)
- Toe Walking
- Foot and Ankle pain
- Growth Pains
- Knock Knees (Genu Valgum)
- Bow Legs (Genu Varum)
- Skin Conditions - Warts and Tinea
We can also assist in providing footwear advice and recommendations. Most importantly we know when not to intervene and let the child's natural growth and development take its course and correct minor concerns naturally.
Listed below is a guideline only, of foot related behaviours a child is expected to display at different ages
8 Months - Sits by himself/herself
10 months - Crawls
12 Months - Stands alone and walks with support
15 Months - Walks alone and crawls up stairs
18 Months - Walks well
2-3 years - Runs well and may be able to climb stairs
4 years - Runs well and may be able to ascend and or descend form stairs
5 years - Skips and hops
If your child complains regularly of foot or leg pain or discomfort, has balance or mobility issues or their activities are being affected its important to seek advise from an experienced musculoskeletal podiatrist.