From birth, to first steps to early teenage years, children’s feet and legs are continuously changing, and there are a range of lower limb problems that can occur during these developmental years. Many of these problems will correct themselves as children develop, however others should be treated early. Our podiatrists are trained in paediatric assessments to help diagnose and manage developmental foot and leg problems.
If you have concerns about the way your child walks, lower limb/ foot positioning or any injuries, a paediatric assessment with a podiatrist is a great place to start. This will involve:
- Collecting a thorough history regarding the child’s development and your concerns as a parent/guardian in relation to their lower limb/feet
- Conducting a range of assessments such as joint range of motion, muscular strength testing and neurological testing. We will watch the way the child walks and take a video gait analysis.Then we will discuss a potential diagnosis and develop a management plan to address concerns.
We also do dermatological assessments, as well as neurovascular assessments if you have concerns about the child’s skin or blood supply to their lower limbs.
Common conditions we treat in children include (but are not limited to):
- Knock knees / Bowed knees
- Intoeing / Pigeon toe
- Toe walking
- Growing pains
- Ingrown toenails
- Sever’s disease / Calcaneal Apophysitis
- Shin splints
- Sports injuries
If you have concerns regarding your child’s lower limb then book an appointment to see one of our friendly podiatrists.