Children’s feet rapidly change as they grow into adults and should be monitored from birth. Addressing issues early will help your child grow up with healthy feet and legs. Your children’s feet differ from those of adults. Your children’s feet have a unique developmental pattern of their own and hence, are quite fragile.
An examination by our podiatrists is recommended if your child shows the signs of;
- Uneven shoe wear.
- Skin rashes, hard skin, lumps or bumps on the feet or legs.
- Reoccurring aches or pain in feet or legs.
- Frequent tripping or falling when walking.
- In-toeing (pigeon toed) or Out-toeing (duck walker).
Early examination of your child’s feet is an essential preventative measure to identify manage potential problems.
Your children’s feet require specialist attention, as the bones in a child’s foot are soft and pliable and are susceptible to damage caused by constricting shoes and socks.
Research shows that between the ages of three to seven, children’s feet will have quite a grown-up appearance and their walking will resemble the pattern of an adult.
Therefore, it is advised that parents keep an eye out to avoid developmental problems, since more than often children do not complain about them.
Check with our podiatrist at the first signs of:
- Excessive in-toeing (Pigeon-toed)
- Excessive out-toeing (duck-walker)
- Flat feet or fallen arches
- Walking or standing strangely
- Stumbling or tiring easily
Our podiatrists can also recommend suitable types and brands and models of shoes, which are more appropriate for your child. We invite you to speak to our podiatrists before you purchase shoes for the new school year or sporting season.
If you suspect any foot problems, have our practitioners examine your child’s feet. Early intervention will allow your children to lead an active and healthy life.