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.
This can subject children to many developmental foot problems, so it is important to ensure that children’s feet are developing correctly and to have any problems or queries attended to by a Podiatrist.
A consultation with a Podiatrist will involve thorough history taking and, depending on the age if the 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 and education from a Podiatrist.
Many common conditions that affect children can be easily treated with modifications to sitting and sleeping positions, strength and stretching plans, footwear modifications or orthotics.
Having children’s footwear assessed by a Podiatrist will ensure they are wearing appropriate footwear from an early age. This 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 affect children which will require assessment and advice by a Podiatrist include:
- Curly toes
- Flat feet
- Foot pain associated with juvenile arthritis
- Growing pains
- Toe walking
- Tarsal coalition
- Sports injuries
- Juvenile hallux abducto valgus (HAV)
- Ingrown toenails
- Heel pain
- In-toe or out-toe walking
- Footwear and abnormal wear in shoes