Children’s Podiatrist for Over 20 Years

The team at myPod Podiatry has a combined experience of over 20 years in Paediatric Podiatry, treating a wide array of conditions in children. When children are born, their feet have a lot of growing to do as they progress through childhood into the world of adults. Your child’s feet are the vehicles they will use to explore, play, compete, and move around. Maintaining healthy feet in children is essential to help them have a happy and fulfilling childhood.

While it’s common for children to experience pain in their feet, it is never something to be ignored. Young children displaying reduced activity or complaining of pain in their legs or feet should be assessed immediately. As an infant’s feet grows from the soft malleable mix of bone and cartilage they are born with, into the hard bones of adulthood, small issues left unaddressed can become big problems with lifelong consequences.

Why Do Children Experience Sore Feet?

Children’s feet undergo an incredible rate of growth in the early years. Most kids are born with flat feet, with their arches gradually forming over the first five years. If children start to develop excessive pronation (rolling in at the ankle) while learning to walk, it’s important to have them assessed by a Podiatrist specialising in the care and wellbeing of the young foot.

Reasons to have your children assessed by a children’s Podiatrist include:

  • Curly toes
  • Excessive toe walking
  • Flat feet that are not developing correctly
  • Growing pains
  • Heel pain (can lead to Severs Syndrome)
  • In-toeing (walking pigeon toed)
  • Ingrown nails
  • Warts and other skin conditions
Treatment of Children’s Feet by a Qualified Podiatrist

If problems in children’s feet are caught early and the right treatment is prescribed, most conditions can have positive outcomes. For example, if a child has flat feet and the arches are developing poorly, a Podiatrist can prescribe orthotic inserts to help the child develop a healthy foot shape and improved gait.

Children should start to develop a more mature walking style (heel-to-toe) at two or three years old, with the arch developing between the ages of two and six. By six years of age your child’s foot should look similar to that of a healthy adult, with a positive arch and the flat appearance gone. If you have any concerns about the appearance or function of your child’s foot, it is essential to have them assessed by a qualified Podiatrist.

When it comes to your child’s feet, you want the best advice available

Call the team at myPod Podiatry and give your children healthy feet to explore the world with!