Children & Teens Footcare

Children and teens may require podiatry appointments for various reasons related to the health and development of their feet and lower limbs. 

What do children & teen appointments involve at My Podiatrist Canberra.

  • Growth and Development Assessment: Podiatrists assess the growth and development of children’s feet, looking for any abnormalities or deviations from typical milestones. This is crucial in detecting potential issues early on.
  • Foot Structure and Biomechanics: Evaluation of foot structure and biomechanics is performed to identify any irregularities that may affect a child’s gait or overall foot function. Conditions such as flat feet or abnormal walking patterns can be addressed.
  • Address Sports-Related Concerns: Children and teens involved in sports may experience foot and ankle issues. Podiatrists can assess and treat sports-related injuries, provide advice on proper footwear, and offer guidance on injury prevention strategies.
  • Footwear Recommendations: Podiatrists offer guidance on suitable footwear for different activities, ensuring that children and teens wear shoes that provide proper support.

It’s essential for parents to schedule podiatry appointments for their children if they notice any signs of foot discomfort, walking abnormalities, or persistent issues. Book a children’s appointment today. Early intervention and proper foot care during childhood and adolescence can contribute to healthy foot development and prevent potential complications in the future.

What are some common foot conditions in children?

Podiatrists are equipped to address common paediatric foot conditions, including flat feet, in-toeing or out-toeing, toe-walking, and severs. Treatment plans may involve orthotic devices, exercises, or other interventions tailored to the child’s needs.

When should my child start wearing shoes? 

Children can begin wearing shoes when they start walking confidently. Shoes should be flexible, provide proper support, and have enough room for the toes to move. Avoid shoes with a rigid sole for early walkers.

Is it normal for my child to have flat feet?  

It’s common for young children to have flat feet due to underdeveloped arches. Most children develop arches by the age of 6. If concerns persist, a podiatrist can assess and provide guidance.

Should I be concerned about my child’s in-toeing or out-toeing? 

In-toeing or out-toeing is relatively common in children and often corrects itself as they grow, however it is always worth checking with a podiatrist.

How can I choose the right shoes for my child?

 Look for shoes that provide proper support, have a flexible sole, and enough room for the toes. Ensure the shoes fit well and are appropriate for the child’s activities. Avoid hand-me-down shoes that may have moulded to another child’s foot.

Is it normal for my child to complain about foot pain? 

Occasional complaints may be normal, especially after physical activities. However, persistent or severe foot pain should be evaluated by a podiatrist to rule out any underlying issues.

How can I encourage good foot hygiene in my child? 

Teach your child to wash their feet daily, thoroughly dry between the toes, and keep toenails trimmed. Emphasise the importance of wearing clean socks and well-ventilated shoes.

Are there warning signs of a foot problem in my child that I should watch for? 

Watch for signs such as changes in gait, reluctance to participate in physical activities, uneven shoe wear, persistent pain, or any visible abnormalities such as W sitting. If you notice these signs, consult with a podiatrist for a professional evaluation.

What is W sitting and why is it dangerous? 

W-sitting is a sitting posture where a child’s knees are bent and their legs splay out to form a “W” shape. Podiatrists advise against W-sitting due to potential negative effects on a child’s development. This posture may lead to orthopaedic concerns, including hip dysplasia, muscle imbalances, joint strain in the knees and ankles, and delayed development of motor skills.