Just like adults, children can also experience problems with their feet. Some common conditions in children are; Severs disease (calcaneal apophysitis), Osgood-Schlatters, injury, plantar warts, ingrown toe nails, flat feet, growing pains as well as painful feet, ankles & knees.
Our feet have to last a lifetime and problems ignored during childhood can translate too much greater problems as an adult. Children may not always complain of pain so other things to watch for are tripping, tiredness, not participating in sport and avoiding walking long distances. These are behaviours that may indicate there is a problem that hasn’t been noticed.
Children grow very rapidly so things can change quickly in the feet. Monitoring that development carefully can help to identify any issues that may arise and allow them to be dealt with promptly. It is also important to remember, just like the rest of our body, we inherit our feet from our parents. So if you have experienced problems with your feet, it would be advised to have your child’s feet examined.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s feet make a time with one of our podiatrist for a paediatric assessment.