How do children’s feet differ from adults?
Children’s feet are not yet fully formed until approximately sixteen years of age. Most of the foot is cartilage when a child is six months old.
What kind of foot issues do children have?
In-toeing or out-toeing
Some children may walk with their feet pointed inwards or outwards. This is normal, and most children will grow out of in-toeing/out-toeing by the time they are two years old. The issue can persist to around twelve years of age. If you are concerned about your child’s walking style, our podiatrist may be able to help.
Skin and nail issues
Like adults, children can experience problems with their skin and nails. We can treat conditions such as ingrown toenails, tinea and plantar warts.
Heel pain can occur from injury or developmental issues. If your child has heel pain that limits their mobility, a podiatrist may be able to help.
Feet change in length and shape as a child grows. Flat feet do not always result in problems, but if your child experiences pain or if one foot differs from the other, we can help.
Metatarsus Adductus, Talipes and club foot
Present at birth, these conditions affect the alignment and posture of the feet.
What should you look for?
A check-up with a podiatrist is recommended if you notice:
- Skin issues such as rashes, growths and hard skin on your child’s feet
- Pain in their feet and legs that gets worse during activity
- Frequent tripping and falling
- Your child walking on their tiptoes
- An unsymmetrical walking style
- The soles of your child’s shoes are wearing down unevenly
- If your child is not walking by 18 months, a podiatrist check-up is strongly recommended.
If you notice any of the above or if you have any other concerns, please call us at 9728 6389 to arrange an appointment with Daniel.