Children's Foot Care

Does your child need to see a Podiatrist in Melbourne?

Sole Podiatry have qualified children’s Podiatrists and we love to work with children to help them get back on their feet!

When would your child need to see a Podiatrist? Some of the reasons you should see a children’s Podiatrist include (but aren’t limited to):

When you notice uneven shoe wear

If you notice any skin rashes, hard skin, lumps or bumps on the feet

Your child complains of recurrent pain in the feet and legs

If your child is constantly tripping and falling

You have any other concerns about your child’s feet or wanting footwear advice

What are the common conditions seen by a Podiatrist?

Tarsal Coalitions

In-Toeing

Toe Walking

Juvenile Bunions

Development of a child’s foot

Baby

Children’s feet differ from adults, as they are not fully formed. At 6 months of age, the foot is soft and mobile as it is made from mostly cartilage. By 18 years of age, most of the bones in the foot are fully formed.

Walking

At around 12 months, most children begin to stand and walk. Walking barefoot is important for sensory feedback and balance and co-ordination.

Rapid growth during this time means you will need to change the size of their shoes and socks every few months.

School Age

By school age, children have all 26 bones in their feet, but they are still not fully formed.

It is important for the development of your child’s foot that they are fitted with suitable school shoes and sports shoes. Ensuring the shoe is made of good quality materials and has the appropriate amount of support for your child’s feet will help to develop the foot in the correct way and prevent injuries and problems.

At Sole Podiatry we can supply you with a wealth of knowledge about children’s shoes and how to correctly identify a good shoe.

What does a Paediatric assessment involve?

Review of milestones
Reflexes and neurological assessment
Range of motion and alignment assessments

FAQ’s

What can I expect at an appointment?
Do I need a referral?
Do you bulk bill?
How often do I need to visit a Podiatrist?
What is your cancellation policy?
What can I expect at an appointment?

Your consultation will go for 40 minutes. This time allows your Podiatrist to thoroughly examine and understand your needs as well as providing the necessary time to assess your condition properly. We will also develop a comprehensive treatment plan that will enable you to achieve your goal as soon as possible during this consultation.

Do I need a referral?

There is no requirement to supply a referral from your doctor to see a Podiatrist.

With that said, if you have been referred, please bring a copy of the referral letter.

Do you bulk bill?

We bulk bill pension card holders with a valid EPC referral (Chronic disease management plan) from their GP. For non-pension card holder with this type of referral, our consult fees apply, and you can claim a rebate from Medicare (there is a small gap fee)

How often do I need to visit a Podiatrist?

The frequency and number of visitations will depend on the nature of the condition you are being treated for. The treatment and rehabilitation of conditions will vary widely however after an initial consultation your podiatrist will be able to provide a recovery framework for you.

What is your cancellation policy?

We appreciate 24 hours notice for cancellations when possible. However we know the unexpected can often happen, so a courtesy phone call if you are going to miss an appointment is always appreciated.

An appointment which is cancelled or rescheduled with less than 24 hours notice, may incur a fee of 50% of the consult rate.

If you miss an appointment, without giving notice, then the full rate of the appointment may be charged.

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