Children’s Feet

A Podiatrist checking a NDIS client's feet

Paediatric podiatry, often referred to as children’s podiatry, focuses on diagnosing, treating and preventing foot and lower limb issues in infants, children and adolescents. At Momentum Podiatry, we understand that the developing feet of children require unique care and attention.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Your child’s feet naturally undergo changes in their alignment as they grow. At Momentum Podiatry, our podiatrists typically classify something as abnormal if it results in pain, leads to clumsiness, or poses a potential problem in the future. If you’re concerned about your child’s foot alignment, you can schedule an initial consultation with one of our podiatrists for a comprehensive assessment and further explanation.

Knocked knees, a condition known as Genu Valgum, refer to the inward angling of the knees. It is frequently identified by the inability to bring the feet together while keeping the knees straight. While this alignment is deemed typical in certain age groups, such as children, if it does not naturally resolve within the expected timeframe, consulting a podiatrist may be advisable.

For young children, yes, it is common to have flat feet. During this developmental stage, their foot muscles are still maturing, the fat pads surrounding the feet are more pronounced, and their feet remain highly flexible. Having flat feet at this age is typically not a cause for concern.

As children enter school age, we typically anticipate the gradual formation of arches. At this stage, children are consistently active, their muscles are strengthening and elongating, and their ligaments are becoming more robust. Consequently, it is common for arches to begin developing around the age of 7.

One of the most common questions we are asked about footwear is “When should my child wear shoes?” and “should my toddler be wearing a supportive shoe or a soft shoe?”

General advice for typically developing little feet is to choose shoes that protect feet while helping toddlers master the skill they are currently learning. If that skill is walking, a flexible shoe is preferred.

But toddlers need lots of barefoot time too.

Many parents will complain about just having bought expensive shoes a few weeks ago and now needing to buy more! As puberty starts to commence, feet can be one of the first parts of the body to have a growth spurt.

Studies suggest, the range for the timing of peak growth of foot length was 10.4 to 12.3 years in girls, and 12.1 to 13.8 years in boys.

So if your tween or teen is growing out of their shoes often – that’s normal, but, growth shouldn’t be painful, if your tween or teen mentions pain in their feet, call our team to make an appointment.

When treating children, we are committed to a functional play-based approach. We have a dedicated paediatric assessment room, allowing us to observe your child in a play-based environment.

We have a dedicated paediatric assessment room, allowing us to observe your child in a play-based environment.

Our paediatric room has toys, balls, a balance beam, a mini-trampoline and much more. All of this equipment helps us understand how your child’s feet and legs work during play.

Our paediatric treatment plans include:

  • strength and stretching programs
  • footwear advice
  • splinting
  • casting
  • orthotic therapy.

We are committed to working with your child’s healthcare providers where possible, and, in the case of more complex needs, are willing to work with your child’s specialist team. We can also assist in organising a specialist referral if needed.

Common Foot Problems in Children

Children’s feet are constantly growing and developing, making them susceptible to a variety of unique foot conditions. Early identification and intervention are crucial to ensure your child maintains an active, pain-free lifestyle.

We are experienced in children’s podiatry and well-versed in addressing a wide range of paediatric foot conditions. Below are some of the most common issues we help manage:

  • Sever’s
  • Toe walking
  • Knock-kneed
  • Bow legged
  • Flat feet
  • Intoeing
  • Growing Pain
  • Osgood Schlatters
  • Warts
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Clumsiness or poor coordination

Importance of Early Detection and Treatment

It’s essential for parents to recognise the signs of these common paediatric foot conditions and seek prompt evaluation and treatment. Early intervention can prevent more severe complications and discomfort in your child’s daily life. Our team is dedicated to providing gentle, child-friendly care, ensuring your child’s comfort throughout the treatment process.

We understand that children’s podiatry requires a unique approach that considers the child’s age, growth stage and comfort. Our compassionate and experienced podiatrists are committed to helping your child overcome these challenges and ensuring they have a solid foundation for a lifetime of healthy and pain-free foot function.

If you suspect that your child is experiencing any of these common foot issues or if you have any concerns about their foot health, don’t hesitate to reach out to the team at Momentum Podiatry. We’re here to assess, diagnose and provide the most appropriate treatments to support your child’s well-being.

What warning signs should parents look out for?

Parents should keep an eye out for several common signs, such as:

  • Pain, including growing pains
  • Difficulty keeping up with peers during play
  • Frequent tripping or falling
  • Challenges with balance or coordination
  • Unwarranted reluctance to engage in physical activities
  • Hesitation when asked to display their feet

Our play spaces make podiatry appointments fun. Book a time for us to see your child today.

Use our convenient online booking system to quickly secure your preferred appointment date and time.

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