Children's feet are different to that of adults. When they are young, their bones are still very soft and are therefore more easily affected by abnormal pressure and forces. It is important to nurture our children's feet as most of the issues we see in adults have stemmed from issues as children. The younger a child is assessed and diagnosed, the easier it is to treat and manage the issue.
Some of the foot and lower limb issues in children we manage include:
  • Flat feet/fallen arches/rolled-in feet
  • In-toeing (pigeon toed)
  • Out-toeing
  • Walking on tip-toes (toe walking)
  • Unusual gait
  • Slow to begin walking
  • Knock-kneed
  • Bowlegged
  • Leg length difference
  • Clumsiness or poor balance
  • Growing pains
  • Heel pain
  • Knee pain
  • Limping
  • Oddly shaped toes (curly/clawed)
  • Ingrown toe nails
  • Bunions or other deformities
  • Callous/corns
  • Warts
If you are at all concerned about your child’s feet or gait it is generally recommended to see a podiatrist for professional advice. Many adult foot problems can be prevented through early intervention in childhood.