Do you have concerns about your child’s feet or walking and running style? Is there a family history of foot or leg problems? Early detection and management of foot problems may prevent more serious issues in later life, so it’s beneficial to know what to look for and when you should have your child’s feet checked.
Some signs to look out for include:
- Complaints of pain while walking
- Reluctance to participate in physical activity
- Complaints of tired legs (often small children will want to be picked up).
- Unusual walking style or limping
- If your child is stumbling or falling over
- Low arches (flat feet)
- Presence of bunions or other foot deformities.
- “Pigeon Toes” (feet turning in or out)
- Painful heels
- Ingrown toenails or unusually shaped toes
- If your child isn’t walking at all by the age of around two years
If you are at all concerned about your child’s feet or gait pattern call now for an appointment (08 9304 1898). There are many adult foot problems that can be prevented through early intervention in childhood. At Preston Podiatry, a large proportion of our time is spent looking after kids with these and many other foot and lower limb issues.
The most common problem we see clinically is Sever’s Disease. This condition effects the heel in particularly active children. The condition is common between the ages of 8 and 15 with boys more often effected. Pain is worse with activity and may be severe enough to limit the child’s ability to run and jump.
The good news is that the condition generally responds well to treatment. There are a number of relatively simple ways to effectively deal with Severs that usually allows a return to normal function within a few weeks.