Many foot conditions and injuries originate in early childhood development.
Children generally begin walking from 8 to 18 months, so a consultation early on can have a significant impact on their future health, like immunisations and doctors check ups.
Children’s feet are very different to adults and that’s why we are experienced in managing children, providing podiatric care specific to your child’s needs. We understand the warning signs and future implications of foot conditions, enabling us to prevent any problems in the future.
Children’s feet grow to almost half their adult size during their first year and approximately 90 percent of their adult size by age 12. Taking time to get your children’s feet checked out by a Podiatrist during this period of development will benefit them for years to come.
Common conditions we treat include:
- Flat Feet
- Knock Knees
- Ingrown toe nails
- Heel Pain
- Sever’s Disease (Heel Pain)
- Osgood Schlatter’s Disease (Knee Pain)
- Plantar Warts
- In-toeing/Out-toe walking
There are a variety of treatment options available that may help your child’s feet:
- Exercise Rehabilitation Programs
- Footwear Recommendations
- Custom – Made and Prefabricated Orthotics
- Removing ingrown toenails
- Topical treatments for warts
Why should children see a Podiatrist?
Did you know that at 6 months a child’s feet are mostly cartilage and that it takes until they are 18 years of age for all of the bones to form?
We specialise in Children’s Podiatry and understand that treating foot conditions while they are young is crucial for long-term health and wellbeing. Problems that start in childhood can lead to long term conditions and complications that can compound and lead to other issues later in life. Getting to the heart of the problem while your child is still young will ensure they have the best chance to overcome any issues and develop into a normal healthy adult.
If you’re concerned about your child’s feet or gait, book an appointment today.
Our friendly, experienced team will give an accurate diagnosis and the suitable treatment plan for your children. Our patients are our priority, we love to see them overcome pain and discomfort and get back on their feet with confidence because of the quality service we provide.
Frequently Asked Questions
When Should My Child See a Podiatrist?
When you notice your child is experiencing pain in their ankle or feet, it’s a sign that you should bring them to our office to get it assessed, diagnosed and treated by a professional podiatrist.
Whether your children are experiencing foot pain or not, we recommend visiting us annually for a foot exam. Regular checkups can detect conditions in their early stages, allowing their normal physical development to continue unhindered.
Are there any signs parents should be looking out for at home?
It is not normal for children to experience foot or lower limb pain for more than a few days. There are a few common things we should look out for, so these problems could be addressed effectively to achieve positive outcomes.
These include balance problems such as regular tripping or falling that may be a sign of in-toeing or neuromuscular conditions. Hesitation or reluctance to take part in any physical activity may also be a sign that your children are experiencing foot or lower limb pain.
When you visit the podiatrists at WTW, you’ll know your feet are in good hands!
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We are committed to helping you and your family with any foot problems to keep you active and doing the things that you love.
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