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  • Podiatry for Children

    Podiatry for Children

    While anyone, no matter what their gender or their age, can suffer with a whole gambit of foot problems, children are not excluded from these. It is highly important that any issues that may be occurring with children’s feet be attended to as quickly as possible by a qualified and experienced Podiatrist that specialises in Paediatric Podiatry. Here are some examples.

    Bow Legs:

    This is a condition that can appear at birth in infants. While it may be quite noticeable in a toddler, by the time they reach the age of two it disappears. If this is not the case then it may become a permanent condition that can have some potential side effects. Unfortunately bow legs cannot be corrected, but if there is pain associated with it this may be controlled with the use of orthoses. These are external devices that are properly fitted for the individual.

    Toeing Out:

    Children that are toeing out will show visible signs where the feet seem to curve out instead of pointing in a straight direction. The usual cause of this comes from an over-rotation action in the hip or leg. Some believe this has occurred because of the way the baby was positioned in the womb, but the more likely cause is that it is hereditary. Some parents are concerned that is caused by the way the child sits, but it has been determined that this is not likely the cause. A Podiatrist may recommend a series of exercises which should be started as early as possible.

    Knock Knees

    Knock knees is another very common condition that is often first noticed around the age of two and can persist right up to the age of seven, when it disappears. In some cases it will return during puberty. With regard to the problems it creates, it is similar to bow legs. It can cause some discomfort in which case a Podiatrist will focus on treating the discomfort with a variety of treatments.

    Loose Ligaments

    This condition can be a little perplexing for parents as it causes chronic pain in the sufferer. The condition is referred to by various names like ligament laxity or low tone, or is sometimes called hypermobility. There are some simple tests for this condition which should be conducted by a Podiatrist. While they are simple and can be done at home, often children who go through the tests will show positive signs but yet they are normal. If the child truly is suffering from flexible joint problems then treatment should be started by a Podiatrist as early as possible. This condition can sometimes cause pain. One of the treatments that may be implemented is orthosis.

    Footwear injuries

    It used to be that the majority of parents sought out really good shoes for their children and would shop at shoe stores that were specifically designed in offering children’s shoes. Now with the big box stores being so convenient and a surge of designer shoes for kids, this is now no longer the case. Often parents believe they are buying good shoes for their kids because of the hefty price, but they may not be appropriate for the youngster who is leaning towards foot problems. Shoes that are not providing enough support or cushioning in the soles can lead to potential foot wear injuries.