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
Development of the foot
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.
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.
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
What are the common conditions seen by a Podiatrist?
- Ingrown toenails
- Flat feet
- Curly toes
- Tarsal coalitions
- Toe walking
- Juvenile bunions