children

  • Do they complain of foot or leg pain?
  • Do they often ask to be picked up?
  • Do they have instability issues or trip frequently?
  • Do they kick their shoes off before undoing their laces?
  • Does your child walk differently to other kids?

Recent research has revealed that certain foot types (flat feet or high arched feet) can predispose children to certain sports injuries and problems in later life. If you are concerned

In essence: that your child’s feet does not look or function ‘normally’, then having an accredited Podiatrist assess your child’s feet may prevent problems in the future.

  • Don’t ignore your child’s complaints regarding their sore feet or legs – it’s not normal.
  • Podiatrists are health specialists trained in assessing and treating feet, including children.
  • See your Podiatrist to answer all your concerns regarding your child’s feet.
  • Sorry, there is no cure to make them untie their shoelaces

Other common problems

Toenails

It is advisable to cut toenails straight across with a pair of nail clippers or scissors, and always avoid cutting down the sides of your child’s nails. If there are any sharp corners, use a nail file to smooth and round them.
Ingrown toenails can occur when a rough section of nail breaks the skin, usually because of poor nail cutting or picking. The area can become red and swollen and there may be pus. In order for this to heal the spike needs to be removed, and this is best done by a podiatrist.

Skin infections

Tinea, warts and infected ingrown toenails are common problems in childhood. Tinea is a fungal infection which affects our skin and nails. It is red, itchy and sore, and sometimes can have little blisters. It is very common between the toes, and grows in dark, moist, warm conditions like those found in shoes. It is often easily treated with an antifungal cream. Warts or Papillomas are caused by a virus that lives in the skin. They are very common in childhood, and will often go away by themselves. If the wart is painful or spreading then it may need to be treated. A podiatrist can help and advise you on the best treatment. Treatment can include the use of acid creams or ointments, cryotherapy (freezing), or natural herbal remedies.

Naturally you want your child to be strong and healthy and your podiatrist will lead you and your child to healthy feet. Those little developing feet will have to carry the entire weight of the body through a lifetime of standing, walking and running.

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