When it comes to kids, the health of their feet and lower limbs is extremely important, and that is exactly what we focus on in children’s podiatry.
A child develops rapidly and when it comes to podiatry services for kids, we aim to ensure that the development of their feet and lower limbs is on track and as best it can be.
Your child’s feet are vital to their overall development. Similar to their hands, a child will use their feet to explore their environment. And as they continue to develop, the feet act as a sensor as they learn to move, crawl & eventually walk.
To ensure the development of your child’s feet & lower limbs is on a track, a visit to a podiatrist that specialises in child foot care is imperative.
At Watsonia Podiatry, the long-term health of your child’s feet and lower limbs is our priority. We work with you and your child to assess, monitor, and treat any foot concerns you may have.
The function of your child’s feet is what we focus on primarily. We conduct various assessments of your children’s feet to ensure that any issues or potential concerns can be identified. Early detection of issues ensures that their feet will be able to support them as they continue to develop.
The great news when it comes to conditions and concerns that can affect your child’s feet is that many of them are very treatable, and often will have no effect on them as they develop into adults.
There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to your children, so it’s understandable that their feet may be overlooked from time to time. Trying to determine whether your child needs to see a podiatrist can be difficult, and often, at our clinic, we see parents who are concerned with how their child’s feet look. Children’s feet do look different to adults, and they go through a number of changes as they grow. As a podiatrist, we do take this into consideration, however, the function of your child’s feet is what we are primarily concerned with.
So how do you know whether you should see a podiatrist for your child? Some common things to keep an eye out for include:
If your child is experiencing any pain or discomfort in their feet or lower limbs, consider bringing them to our clinic for an assessment and advice from one of our experienced podiatrists. Your child is experiencing a lot of changes and no problem or concern is too small.
Many conditions experienced by children are very common and very easily treated. Some of these common conditions that we treat include:
Keeping your child’s feet healthy from an early age can help avoid the onset of future conditions. Our kid’s feet are vital in their development and their role is complex. At Watsonia Podiatry, we aim to solve any issues or concerns affecting your child’s feet and lower limbs early, to ensure the longevity of the health of their feet.
In order to understand any issues that may be affecting your child’s feet, we conduct thorough assessments. Our assessments include observing your child during play to see how their feet and lower limbs function; Testing their knee and hip range of motion; and we will assess their footwear. We will also ask questions regarding their time in the womb, their birth, and when they reached milestones such as crawling, standing and walking.
When we combine all these elements of our assessment, it allows us to identify any developmental abnormalities that may be present. Early detection of issues is key to the long-term health of children’s feet.
If you do have any concerns or questions about your child’s feet, gait, or development, book a consultation with our friendly team at Watsonia Podiatry today.
For tips on what you need to know about your kids feet, read our blog post – What Should I Be Looking For In My Kids Feet?