Children’s Podiatry in Melbourne

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.

 

When Should I Take My Child to See a Podiatrist?

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.

Common Conditions Experienced by Children

Many conditions experienced by children are very common and very easily treated.  Some of these common conditions that we treat include:

 

Children’s Podiatry Services at Watsonia Podiatry

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?

 

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  • Does a child need to see a podiatrist?
    Children's podiatry is a complex branch of podiatry that encompasses a range of problems and conditions. Podiatrists are able to conduct thorough assessments to identify whether there are any issues with your child's feet. If you have any concerns about your child's feet including the way their feet are structured, whether they are meeting their standing and walking milestones on time, if they are not walking properly, or if they are experiencing pain, your child should see a podiatrist.
  • How often should I take my child to a podiatrist?
    This will depend on why you are taking your child to a podiatrist. There are many issues and conditions that can affect your children's feet. Your podiatrist will create a tailored management plan to treat their pain or conditions.
  • What sorts of conditions can affect my kids feet?
    Children can be affected by many different conditions, including the following:
    • Growing Pains
    • Growth Plates/Osteochondroses such as Sever's Disease
    • Intoeing
    • Toe Walking
    • Increased Tripping
    • Ingrown Nails
    • Flat Feet
    • Warts
    • Bowed Legs/Knocked Knees
    • Hip Dysplasia
    • Ill-Fitting Footwear
  • My kids feet look weird, should I see a podiatrist?
    Often, we have parents bring their children into the clinic as they are concerned about how their feet look. It is important to note that as podiatrists, we are more concerned with the function of the feet rather than the appearance. Children's feet will look different to adult's feet and it is important to not compare the two. However, it is always best to see a podiatrist if you do have any concerns about your child's feet.