Children’s Foot Care
When would your child need to see a Podiatrist?
- You notice uneven shoe wear
- You notice any skin rashes, hard skin, lumps or bumps on the feet
- Your child complains of recurrent pain in the feet and legs
- Your child is constantly tripping and falling
- You have any other concerns about your child’s feet or wanting footwear advice
- School shoes and Sports shoes
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 Pascoe Vale we can supply you with a wealth of knowledge about children’s shoes and how to correctly identify a good shoe.
Common Foot disorders in Children include:
Severs disease (Heel Pain)
Severs disease is a disruption to the growth centre at the back of the heel bone. It is most common in children between 11-14 years old. This causes inflammation and pain in and around the heel. When we are born the heel bone is actually in 2 separate pieces, to allow for growth. Usually around the age of 16 the heel then fuses into one bone. As the Achilles tendon attaches into the heel bone, when growth takes place the tendon can pull on the bone and cause pain and discomfort for the child.
Warts are skin lesions which are caused by a virus (they are contagious). They are not always painful and can appear anywhere on the foot. Warts usually spread in environments where people tend to walk barefoot. For Example: swimming pools, showers and hotel floors.
Flat feet or “fallen arches” is relatively common in children. Flat feet can be responsible for the development of pain in the feet and legs, especially if the child is active. Flat feet can be corrected with the use of foot orthotics and footwear advice.
Metadductus (Pigeon toes)
Intoeing can cause problems with balance and co-ordination if not treated at a young age. Intoeing can be corrected by the use of foot orthotics and footwear advice.