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  • Does Your Child Have Knock Knees?

    Not too long after your child started to walk you have noticed that their knees are always touching and bumping each other during standing and walking. You know this is a common theme within your family as your knees also touch when standing but unsure if this is going to......

  • Why Is My Child Tripping Over?

    Children may trip a lot for a variety of reasons: poor visual pickup and prediction, slow and inadequate responses to balance disturbances, muscle weakness, hypermobility of the joints and intoeing.   Characteristics of intoeing: Metatarsus adductus: Metatarsus adductus occurs when the foot is turned inwards while the outside of the......

  • Accessory Navicular Syndrome

    The accessory navicular is an extra bone or piece of cartilage located on the inside of the foot just above the arch. It is located within the posterial tibial tendon that attaches to this navicular bone. An accessory navicular bone is present at birth. It is not incorporated in the normal......

  • What is Clubfoot?

    Clubfoot is a medical condition that affects the muscles and bones in the feet. A clubfoot will point down and turn inwards, instead of being straight. This in turn causes the toes to twist and point towards the opposite leg.   It is estimated that every 1 in 1000 live......

  • When Does Your Child Need to See a Podiatrist?

    Knowing when your children needs to visit a podiatrist can be difficult to determine, especially when they are not complaining of any pain and discomfort. To make things easier for you as a parent here are a few simple ways to determine when your child should come visit our friendly......

  • Have you heard of Metatarsus Adductus?

    Metatarsus Adductus is a common foot condition in babies as well as young children. It is also referred to as Metatarsus Varus. Generally, the outside border of the foot is straight. However with this deformity, the front half of the foot, or forefoot appears to turn inwards. What causes this......

  • What is Osgood Schlatter Disease?

    Osgood Schlatter’s Disease or Tibial Tubercle Apophysistis is a type of knee pain that is common amongst growing children and adolescents. It is the inflammation of the tibial tubercle, which is the area found just below the knee where the tendon from the knee cap attaches to the shin bone.......

  • What are the Nutritional Needs for a Child to Grow?

    Both adults and children require the same types of nutrients however, children require different amounts of these specific nutrients at different ages. As children are growing and developing, it is vital that they are meeting these nutritional requirements to build healthy bodies and to help them be the best they......

  • Why does Sever’s Disease Hurt So Much?

    What is Sever’s Disease? Sever’s disease, also called calcaneal apophysitis, is a common cause of heel pain in children. It  usually occurs in active children between the ages of 10-12, however the condition can be seen in children as early as 8 years old and as late as 14.  ......

  • Will a Juvenile Bunion Go Away?

    Bunions or the proper term hallux abducto valgus (HAV), are generally thought of as a problem only experienced by older ladies who have spent their lifetime in high heels. However, bunions can occur in children and teenagers as well, especially if a parent has a history of this foot condition.......

  • How can Orthotics be an Effective Treatment Option for Children?

    Orthotics for children can be effective in offering biomechanical support as well as restoring their natural gait pattern. When the child’s feet are realigned early on, the feet are able to develop naturally and foot complaints can be prevented or minimised.   What Orthotics can help with: Flat feet/ Overpronation:......

  • What Services are Offered by a Paediatric Podiatrist?

    Finding the cause of your child’s foot concerns requires a detailed assessment first. These include: A thorough birth and developmental history History of symptoms A biomechanical assessment (including gait analysis) Footwear assessment Neurological assessment From these assessments, a detailed and tailored treatment plan including goal setting will be formulated specifically......

  • 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......

  • How can Nail Polish be Unhealthy for Children’s Nails?

    Painting your toddlers’ fingernails and toenails may be fun, fashionable and completely harmless, but is it really safe? Up until recently, most nail polishes contained ingredients including whats known as the ‘toxic trio’- formaldehyde, toluene and diputyl phthalate (DBP). These ingredients should be avoided when buying nail polish. What is? ......

  • Can Children Suffer from Arthritis?

    Juvenile arthritis is a term used to describe all types of arthritis diagnosed in someone aged 16 years or younger. It is an umbrella term used to categorise arthritic conditions that cause pain, swelling, stiffness and at times inflammation in a joint or joints. Juvenile arthritis can be mild or......

  • Growth Milestones In Your Child’s Feet!

    From the time that your child is born to the moment that they begin to walk there are multiple stages and milestones that your child will need to develop to allow them to crawl, walk and then run. All children will develop these milestones at different ages. It is important......

  • What Are The Most Common Foot Problems Seen In Children?

    Your feet are complex structures that are made up of 26 bones and 35 joints which are held together by muscles and ligaments to enable you to undertake activities such as running and walking. It has been found that children will begin to walk from the age of eight months......

  • Why Are Feet Ticklish?

    Does the thought of being tickled make your cringe? Does it bring back memories of being tickled as a child? Are your feet the most ticklish part of your body?   It has been found that the feet are the most ticklish part of your body due to having nearly......

  • School Shoes

    Answers to our most frequently asked questions about SCHOOL SHOES. Why is it important to have shoes fitted for school aged children? Feet are the foundation to our bodies. As a child grows, their feet change to the adapting needs of their development. Children’s feet are soft and pliable and......

  • Warts – Acid Vs Freezing Treatments

    Why won’t my warts go away-I’ve had them frozen and more come up? What treatments work best and why? Do you suffer from persistent warts that continue to reoccur even though you have had them frozen off multiple times? Do you find the new warts pop up even once treatment......

  • Toe Walking

    Your child has just reached the exciting new milestone of walking. A few months have passed and your child has become more confident with their walking pattern in which they are wanting to explore further. Within these few months you have also started to notice that your child is walking......

  • Curly Toes

    Curly toes is a common condition that affects infants and children. Quite often the severity will vary among all children. As your child becomes older the appearance of curly toes will often become more noticeable. In some cases, your child may grow out of it. Typically, it has been found......

  • Autism And The Feet

    Has your child been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? Have you noticed that your child appears as clumsy or walks differently to other children their age? Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that will usually develop within early childhood.More often than not, delays and impairments may be......

  • Pigeon Toed Walking

    Your child has started to walk and you have noticed that their feet are turning inwards while walking. You have never noticed anyone else’s children walking this way and wonder if it is normal at such a young age. After speaking to your family doctor they have recommended that you......

  • Cheap Vs Expensive Shoes

    When a child reaches the age where they can now start wearing proper shoes, we are often overwhelmed by the selection of shoes displayed in front of us. Which is why we often go straight to the shoes that are brightly coloured, pretty and less expensive.   As your child......

  • Does Your Active Child Have Heel Pain?

    Do you have a child between the ages of 8- 14 who is extremely active? Are you always driving them from one sport to another, or one game to another, 3, 4, 5 or even 6 times a week? After all this activity a child can often experience leg and......

  • Tips For Toddler Footwear

      Avoid secondhand shoes for toddlers Quite often, parents with many children will pass their shoes down the line because shoes can be expensive and having to buy multiple pairs twice a year can definitely put a dint in the wallet. Tread carefully when doing so as “Almost 80% of......

  • What Are Orthotics and Do You Need Them?

    Orthotics, also known as arch supports, are custom supports to put into your footwear to help any biomechanical issues to correct foot, ankle, knee and other problems without surgery.   Orthotics are used to treat a variety of issues including:         Flat feet         Foot pronation         Plantar fasciitis         Knock knees         Knee pain......

  • Back To School: Have You Got Your Children’s Shoes In Order?

      Children grow out of shoes at an alarming rate so you may be wondering whether it’s worth paying the big bucks for expensive shoes when they’ll need a new pair in 12 months time.   Here are some of the conditions your child may experience with ill-fitting footwear   ​Foot pain......

  • Sweaty Feet?

    With the start of the school year upon us, you may be starting back up the after school sporting activities. Which can often mean that your child’s feet are becoming warm and sweaty. Plantar Hyperhidrosis is a condition known as sweaty feet, which tends to affect the bottom of your......

  • Tarsal Coalition and Joint Fusions

    One of those tricky diagnoses that can get missed! What is a Tarsal Coalition? The tarsal bones in the middle of the foot form joints that are integral for proper function of the foot and lower leg. On occasions an abnormal growth of bone or fibrous tissue occurs across these......

  • Hand Me Down Shoes – PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DON’T DO IT!

    Ensuring that your child has appropriate shoes that are fitted especially for their individual foot type is one of the most important factors throughout their growth and development. However, as a podiatrist it is becoming increasingly more apparent that parents are choosing to pass down shoes to their younger children......

  • What Is A Pelvic Drop?

    One of ‘those things I see missed’ very often affecting the success of treatments. A PELVIC DROP which can be commonly seen in children, is caused by the loss of support from the lower limbs, primarily the foot. The medial arch of the foot drops, causing a pronated foot type,......

  • Do You Really Have Growing Pains?

    Does your child often wake up in the middle of the night complaining of pain in their legs? Does your child complain of pain in the afternoon or at night? If you answered yes to any of these then your child may be experiencing growing pains! So what exactly are......

  • How To Find The Right Shoe For You?

    Did you know, the average human walks approximately 128,000 km over a life time. That’s enough to go around the circumference of the earth three times! As you can see that is a lot of walking, therefore it is important we all wear comfortable and supportive shoes. While some shoes......

  • Spending Money on Your Socks: Is It Worth The Price?

    Forget about the bundle packs of socks you find at K-mart or Big W, expensive socks are all the rage right now! You may be wondering what gives them the right to put these steep prices on some ordinary socks?! But read on and you’ll find out why you are......

  • The Link Between Your Feet and Your Body Wellness

    We often forget just how much wear and tear and pressure that goes through our feet every day. Especially when you consider nearly ¼ of all the bones within the body are located just within the feet! That’s 26 bones within each foot, 60 joints, 200 muscles, ligaments and tendons......

  • What Affect Does Wearing Nail Polish Have On Your Nails?

    With summer finally here, it’s that time of year to get your feet out and feel the sand in between your toes. Like so many of us, when it comes to finally being able to wear your favourite open toes shoes, we often don’t like the appearance of our nails......

  • Have You Had Your Moles Checked?

      As our feet come out of hiding after months of cold weather, this is the perfect time to check your’s and your children’s feet for moles. Sometimes moles can be mistaken for more serious conditions like Melanoma. When Melanoma is found on the foot, survival rates are dramatically lower with......

  • Why Do Your Feet Smell?

    Did you know that smelly feet is an actual medical condition known as Bromodosis? There are about 2-4 million sweat glands all over the body and most of these are found in the feet! These sweat glands help regulate body temperature by releasing sweat to cool the body down especially......

  • What Is a Podiatrist? And Do You Need One?

    A Podiatrist is an allied health care professional that specialises in looking after the lower limb and foot. A Podiatrist can diagnose, treat and educate individuals of any age about disorders of the foot, ankle and lower limb. These can include any biomechanical issues, dermatological issues, and any neurovascular issues.......

  • How to Tell If Your Feet Are Flat or Roll Inwards?

    The terms Flat Feet and Rolling Inwards, also known as over-pronation, are terms that health professionals use on a regular basis. Although more often than not, we don’t appear to understand the true meaning of these very similar terms. So what really is the difference between flat feet and over-pronation?......

  • Children’s Newsletters

    Check out our popular newsletters that have featured in our South Melbourne and Yarraville Clinics! Click on the month below to read our featured articles on little feet… March 2016...

  • Fracture And Stress Fracture: What’s The Difference?

    The terms Fracture and Stress Fracture often get thrown around as a possible diagnosis but more often the not we don’t really understand the difference between these two terms. A Fracture occurs as a result of one serious injury which often results in a complete break in the bone. Whereas......

  • Sever’s Disease

    Introduction I find working with Children most rewarding.  Prior to Podiatry, I studied a Degree in Human Movements with a special interest in Children’s Development. It was during my studies here, I found the area I wanted to work in. Throughout my Podiatry degree at QUT in Brisbane, I found......