As Australia’s leading podiatry group, we know that children’s feet need specialised attention from an early age to ensure less problems later in life.
Some of the problems we commonly see in children include flat feet, in-toeing, heel pain (Sever’s Disease), knee and leg pain (Osgood Schlatter’s Disease), knock knees, toe walking and toe deformities.
That’s why we’ve introduced Kid’s NO GAP* foot checks at all My FootDr podiatry clinics.
At your child’s appointment, the podiatrist will assess their foot health including:
Any aches and pains
Skin and nail health
If a biomechanical foot or leg problem is detected, the podiatrist may recommend further examination including a video gait analysis or 3D foot scan. If required, the podiatrist may prescribe custom-foot orthotics, which are designed to support the natural shape of the foot, align the foot and ankle.
Children’s custom-made foot orthotics can help with a number of conditions including flat feet or excessive pronation (fallen arches and rolling inward of the ankle joint), aches or pains such as heel pain (Sever’s Disease) or knee pain (Osgood Schlatters).
Book your child’s NO GAP* appointment online today or call 1800 FOOTDR.
Flat feet is a term often used to describe feet that are hyper mobile or roll in excessively. When your feet “roll in” excessively during stance, this gives the appearance that there is a loss of arch contour of the foot. This, however, is a misnomer. Most feet, when studied in the sitting position, have an arch. Only during weight bearing do they collapse, hence these feet are said to be compensating for a particular condition and are displaying a movement called pronation.
Children’s feet and legs develop rapidly, and there are a surprising number of common foot problems that can be difficult for parents to identify.
What are the biggest problems with little feet?
Children can experience everything from delayed walking, tippy-toeing, flat feet and bowed legs, pigeon toeing and clumsiness, ingrown toenails, plantar warts and more. It is important for parents to understand how to properly care for growing feet. This includes who to turn to for professional advice and how to prevent these conditions from developing into life-limiting issues.
Feet are for life and growing feet shouldn’t mean growing pains caused by Sever's Disease.
Children’s feet are constantly developing, which can lead to growth centre pain (Sever’s Disease) in the heel. This common condition can be very painful. Fortunately, it’s an easy one for our podiatrists to manage.
This condition is the most common cause of heel pain in children aged 9-12 years. Pain is caused by traction of the calf muscle and Achilles tendon on the growth centres of the heels.
The problem is generally self-limiting and will resolve of its own accord when the growth centres fuse. Until the bones fuses. However, the condition can be very painful and will limit exercise and sporting pursuits.