Children’s Feet

Children’s Feet: Understanding Your Child’s Developing Foot Health

Children’s feet are unique as they undergo rapid growth and development during their early years. Unlike adult feet, they are not yet fully formed and continue to change as your child grows. It’s essential to understand your child’s developing feet and address any concerns that may arise to ensure your child’s feet develop healthily.

Gait Development in Children

A child’s gait cycle, or the way they walk, only becomes fully established around the age of 6. Most toddlers begin walking by 20 months, but this timeline can vary. While some children may walk with their feet pointed inwards or outwards, most children outgrow this by ages 12-15. If your child experiences difficulties keeping up with their peers or frequently trips and falls, it’s a good idea to consult a children’s podiatrist for professional advice.

Common Children’s Foot Concerns

Children may experience various foot-related issues as they grow, from early age, including:

When to Seek a Children’s Podiatrist

If you have concerns about your child’s foot health, such as unusual wear patterns on their shoes, unexplained bumps or lumps, persistent foot pain or, frequent tripping and falling, or toe walking, it’s essential to seek professional help. Our Brisbane children’s podiatrist can assess your child’s feet and provide tailored treatment plans to address any issues.

Book an Appointment with Our Children’s Podiatrist in Brisbane

Ensure your child’s growing feet, are well taken care of by booking an appointment with our experienced children’s podiatrist. We’re committed to providing comprehensive care, addressing concerns, and ensuring your child’s feet develop healthily. Contact our Brisbane clinic or use our online booking system to schedule a consultation and help your child enjoy a pain-free, active lifestyle.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is children's podiatry, and why is it important?

Children’s podiatry focuses on diagnosing, treating, and preventing foot and lower limb conditions in children. Early detection and intervention can prevent long-term issues, relieve pain, promote proper growth, and ensure healthy foot development. A children’s podiatrist can help your child avoid future complications and maintain an active lifestyle.

At what age should my child see a children's podiatrist?

There is no specific age, as children’s foot and lower limb issues can emerge at any stage of development. If you notice any concerns or your child complains of pain, it’s best to consult a children’s podiatrist as early as possible. Early intervention can help prevent future complications.

What are some common issues a children's podiatrist can treat?

A children’s podiatrist can address a variety of concerns about kids feet, including flat feet, in-toeing, out-toeing, heel pain, ingrown toenails, warts, and sports injuries. They also specialize in orthotics, footwear advice, and gait analysis to ensure optimal foot health.

How can I tell if my child needs orthotics?

Orthotics may be recommended if your child has flat feet, high arches, or an abnormal gait. If your child experiences pain, fatigue, or balance issues, a podiatrist may recommend custom orthotics to improve comfort and function. The best way to determine if your child needs orthotics is through a comprehensive assessment with a children’s podiatrist.

What should I look for in children's footwear?

Proper footwear should have a supportive sole, adequate cushioning, enough arch support and enough room for growth. A children’s podiatrist can provide personalized recommendations based on your child’s specific needs and foot type.

Can a children's podiatrist help with sports-related injuries?

Yes, a children’s podiatrist is well-equipped to treat sports-related injuries such as ankle sprains, stress fractures, and tendonitis. They can also provide guidance on injury prevention, rehabilitation, and proper footwear to promote a safe return to sport.

How often should my child see a children's podiatrist?

The frequency of visits depends on your child’s condition and specific needs. For ongoing conditions or concerns, regular check-ups may be recommended. However, if your child experiences a new issue or injury, it’s essential to see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

Are there any at-home foot care tips for my child?

Encourage your child to wear properly fitted shoes, maintain good hygiene, and trim toenails straight across to prevent ingrown nails. Regularly inspect your child’s feet for any abnormalities or signs of injury. If you have concerns, consult a children’s podiatrist for professional advice.

Will my child outgrow their foot problems?

Some children outgrow certain foot issues, while others may require intervention. A children’s podiatrist can monitor your child’s development and recommend appropriate treatment options to ensure healthy growth and prevent complications.

How do I book an appointment with a children's podiatrist in Brisbane?

To book an appointment with our experienced Brisbane children’s podiatrist, simply call our clinic or use our online booking system. We’re dedicated to helping your child achieve optimal foot health and enjoy an active, pain-free life.