Podiatry Services for Children

Paediatric podiatry is a branch of podiatry specialising in the care and treatment of children. A common misconception about paediatric podiatry is that it’s just for kids with foot problems.

In reality, paediatric podiatry encompasses a wide range of services, including prevention, diagnosis, and treatment for all kinds of foot conditions.

Our specialist children’s podiatrists have spent years learning how to treat children’s feet properly. We understand what factors can affect their development from birth so you’ll get the best possible care for your little ones’ feet!

Growing Pains

It is not unusual for children to experience some pain in their feet and legs as they grow. This is because the bones, ligaments, and muscles develop at different rates.

Growing pains are most commonly experienced by children between the ages of three and twelve years old, but not limited to this age group.

They can be caused by various factors such as overuse, straining or pulling a muscle, or fractures. However, if you are concerned about your child’s well-being, it is best to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Some children can be born with flat feet or unnaturally high arches. While there are ways to improve these conditions, it may be difficult for your child to do this on their own.

Our experts can help assess the severity of the condition and manage your child’s path to recovery. We can also create custom orthotics for children of all ages so they can walk comfortably.

Custom Shoes And Orthotics

Orthotics are made of plastic or metal and can be inserted into most types of shoes. They work by providing support to the feet and holding different bones in place during everyday movements.

They can last for a long time, provided they are well taken care of. On the other hand, custom shoes are another option that are made to fit perfectly and match an individual’s unique foot shape.

Depending on what works best for your child, they can wear custom shoes or regular shoes with or without orthotics.

Children’s Gait Assessment

Aside from diagnosing and treating foot problems, our podiatrists also assess how your child walks to ensure that they are walking correctly.

For example, if there is poor balance, they might develop foot conditions such as flat feet or high arches.

So we will observe how your child’s feet hit or land on the ground and look at other factors such as the muscle strength and flexibility of their ankles and legs.

Heel, Arch, And Foot Pain

Foot pain is common in children, especially if they play many sports. Whether it’s from an injury, like a sprained ankle, or from conditions like high arches or flat feet, pain can impair your child’s foot development.

Pain can make it very difficult for children to walk or run, so it is crucial to have this checked by a podiatrist.

Ingrown Nails

Ingrown nails can be a common problem for children. Their toes may rub against the inside of their shoes and cause the nail to grow into the skin.

It can become excruciating and infected if not treated properly when this happens. If your child is experiencing any toe or nail pain, it is best to take them to a podiatrist at once.

We offer non-invasive nail bracing as an alternative to surgery. The treatment that will be recommended will depend on the severity of your child’s condition.

Prevention Is Better Than Cure

To ensure that your child does not develop foot problems, it is crucial to regularly have their feet checked by a podiatrist, especially if they participate in running or jumping activities.

Hart and Sole Podiatry are a family-focused practice that will assess your children and offer the following services.

Whether your child is suffering from a particular podiatry problem or not, be sure to book an appointment at Hart and Sole Podiatry for an assessment or treatment plan.