It goes without saying that children are always growing and changing! It’s exciting to watch them grow and become more confident on their feet. This often quite rapid growth, however, can result in children experiencing vague symptoms that can be difficult for parents to identify – or know what to do to help.
What are the biggest problems with little feet?
Children can experience everything from delayed walking, tip-toeing, flat feet, knock knees, pigeon toeing ingrown toenails, plantar warts and more. In most cases, these problems are transient or, where symptoms persist, respond well to treatment. Podiatrists are highly skilled at assessing children’s feet and lower limb biomechanics and also work alongside other health professionals, such as physiotherapists, to ensure your child is getting the best possible care.
Common questions or concerns from parents
We often get questions from parents about certain patterns of movements or behaviours they’re seeing in their child, or questions about symptoms their child is experiencing. To learn more about each problem, click on the concern below:
- My child hasn’t started walking yet, is something wrong?
- Which shoes are best for my child?
- My child has flat feet – is this normal?
Common foot & lower limb issues in kids
Our team is highly experienced in managing a range of kids’ foot and leg problems. 30% of our patients are kids! We often see:
- Flat feet (rolled-in) feet
- In-toeing (pigeon toeing)
- Walking on tip-toes
- Slow to begin walking
- Bow legs
- Leg length difference
- Clumsiness or poor balance
- Regular tripping or falling
- Growing pains
- Low muscle tone
- Oddly shaped toes (curly/clawed)
- Ingrown toenails
- Bunions or other deformities
- Callus and corns
We know that it can be daunting to bring kids in to see a health professional – especially if they’re in pain and not feeling their best. We always take time, care and patience with your little one, and have child-friendly clinics.