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Children

Naturally, many parents at some point may become concerned about the way their child is developing. 

 A child will likely outgrow many of  the issues they presented with in earlier childhood. Some conditions, however, may present for longer periods of time and if left untreated may develop into concerns leading into adulthood.  

3 signs to see a Podiatrist.

  • You notice your child’s walking pattern is visibly different from other children.
  • If you notice one of your child’s feet are not positioned the same as the other or your child is not walking the same on both feet.
  • Your child is complaining of discomfort or pain. Sometimes even noticing that your child is falling over more than usual or even not participating in physical activity as they usually would can also be a sign to have your child assessed. 
Common

Paediatric Foot Concerns

Growing Pain

Children between the ages of 8-14 may experience thobbing or aching pain most commonly in the areas arount the knee and shin (known as Osgood Schlatter’s and heels (known as Sever’s disease). 

These conditions occur more so amongst physically active children and is caused due to the inability of surrounding muscles and tendons being able to adapt to the rapid changes at the growth plate interface between the knee and shin. Meaning the bone growth is happening quicker than the surrounding muscles and tendons are able to adapt to.

In most cases these conditions will resolves as the child grows and will rarely develop permanent problems.

However, if your child is unable to bear the pain, there are indeed a variety of treatments we can provide to resolve pressures causing the pain.

Pronated Feet or Flat Feet

Also known as the Pes Planus foot type. On the contrary to popular belief, the flat foot is not a disease. This foot type is common to about 30% of the population. 

The flat foot appears when the arches are excessively fallen. The mechanics of this foot posture may pose issues when a child is in pain or discomfort.

This may be due to the structures including nerves, arteries and veins under the arch being compressed and under unnecessary pressure.

In-Toeing or Pigeon Toeing

When a child’s feet point inwards as they walk or run it is referred to as in-toeing.

The most common causes of in-toeing occur from an inward twist in one of three areas, the thigh (known as femoral anteversion), shin (tibial torsion) or the forefoot (metatarsus adductus). 

This condition is the most common concern in the majority of parents so it is reassuring to advise you that in the majority of cases this condition corrects itself over time as the child grows. 

In cases where you do not notice positive changes or would like to have your child checked. A podiatrist can assess your child’s gait pattern (walking pattern) to determine the underlying cause of in-toeing and provide you with a long-term corrective treatment solutions.

Out-Toeing or Duck Walking

Commonly described as duck feet, out-toeing is when the feet are facing outwards when standing or walking. This posture is quite the normal stance for infants within the first 6 months after they begin to walk. 

The causes of out-toeing are most commonly caused by an outwards twist or rotation of the hip (femoral retroversion), shin (external tibial torsion), or flat feet.

The need to treat this type of condition greatly depends on a child’s lifestyle and whether there is associated pain or discomfort. 

 

 If your child is showing any signs of change that is raising concerns for you, simply book an Online consultation and a Podiatrist can assess your child to distinguish further course of treatment, need there be any.