As soon as we are born, our feet are already extremely important. As we are learning to move and crawl, our feet act like sensors, much like our hands to explore our environment. Then as we begin to stand and walk, the role of our feet becomes much more complex to support the body.
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 adults feet and it is important to not compare the two.
We conduct thorough assessments to identify whether there are any issues with your child’s feet. These include observing your child during play to see how their feet and lower limbs function, testing their knee and hip range of motion and assessing their footwear. We will ask a number of questions regarding their time in the womb (gestation), their birth and when they have reached their milestones including crawling, standing and walking. Intervention is usually only necessary in some cases.
Our podiatrists commonly assess and treat the following conditions:
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?