Once you are a parent you start to notice every little thing about your child. You notice their eating habits, methods of communicating, how quickly they are growing and when they are becoming unwell. Parents also often notice when something is not quite right developmentally, even if they cannot put their finger on it.
At Performance Podiatry we see a range of foot conditions that are identified by a concerned parent or family member. We assess and treat babies, infants and teenagers for a range of conditions that can be painful or cause problems later on in life. We focus on prevention where possible.
It is well known that looking after a child’s feet from a young age can be of benefit to their health and well-being for the rest of their lives. The feet provide a foundation for bodily posture, which is why their function can have such diverse impacts on the body.
The most common paediatric foot conditions that we diagnose and treat include:
- In-toeing (pigeon toe)
- Out-toeing (cowboy/Charlie Chaplain walk)
- Overlapping toes
- Tripping or limping
- Ingrowing toenails
- Heel pain
- Knee pain or Hip pain
- Growing pains
A child’s foot is significantly different to an adult foot. It is not simply a miniature version. As a baby, the foot is mostly made up of cartilage (soft bone) and the last bone to begin forming usually does not do so until approximately 3 years old. By the time your child is 18 years old, the bones will be mostly formed. Considering that children’s feet are soft and malleable, it places them at risk of damage when tight or restrictive footwear is worn.
It is never too early for foot care can and the team at Performance Podiatry are able to educate you on the appropriate foot care and footwear for your child depending on their age and development.