Children can get a lot of good out of podiatry.
As children grow, they might develop some foot-related problems. These can come about due to poor posture, difficulty in movement, or other issues. By initiating an early assessment of the children’s feet, you can avoid these problems becoming worse or prevent future mobility issues.
When should a child visit a podiatry clinic?
If the child complains of constant tiredness or fatigue, it may be smart to consider various possibilies. If this is coupled with pain, cramping, or need to massage the feet or legs at night, there might be some kind of structural problem.
An inactive child that complains of pain when standing or walking for any period should also consult with us. The behaviour might be laziness, or it might be caused something more innate.
There are other signs, as well. Flat feet, knock knees, and in-toed walking are usually signs that your child needs podiatric help. Toe-walking and prominent bones along the lower limbs are also indicators. In some instances, poor coordination or clumsiness might be tied to a cause podiatry can address.
Finally, you might want to consult a podiatrist if both feet don’t look quite the same.
Podiatry for children also addresses some childhood foot problems. These include athlete’s foot, heel pain, knee pain, warts, ingrown toenails, tarsal coalitions, club foot, and sprained ankles. Depending on the condition, treatment may require other forms of therapy to work with podiatry.
For children, here are a few key reminders:
Symptoms that show up should be addressed. Adults might be inclined to dismiss some of these as growing pains, but they could be signs that something is wrong.
If it looks different or unusual, it should be assessed. The feet take a lot of abuse, especially as kids are still growing and developing. Making sure they develop correctly is integral to better quality of life in the future.