20 Jun 2018 When should I bring my Child to a Podiatrist for an Assessment?
Children grow at a rapid rate and it can be often hard to distinguish between what is normal and what isn’t. Furthermore, children’s feet reach developmental milestones at certain time frames; therefore it is critical that these milestones are reached.
Signs that your child should see a podiatrist:
- Your child complain of foot pain or sore legs
- Your child is not walking at 18 months
- Abnormal footwear patterns
- Gait abnormalities including in-toeing, toe walking or angle of gait
- Asymmetry in feet
- Flat feet
- Bowed legs
- Knocked knees
- Your child trips or falls frequently/more than usual
Some foot conditions may outgrow themselves naturally without the need for intervention. However, some foot conditions may become more pronounced gradually. When these are left unaddressed, these conditions can cause pain and in turn, this can reduce mobility and activity. This can be impacted long term on physical activity levels and their overall health and well being.
By conducting a thorough foot assessment, a suitable and tailored treatment plan can be provided. Early intervention for your child is most ideal, while their bones are still growing. This allows for better improvements to their overall foot health.
If you are concerned about your child’s feet, do not hesitate to book in today to see one of our friendly children’s podiatrists who will be able to help you with all your foot concerns.