Children

James Pascoe Podiatry has foot clinics operating at Kotara, Rathmines, Salamander Bay and Bathurst that offer professional guidance regarding the health of your child’s feet.

The physical difference between children’s bodies and adolescent bodies is the maturity of their bones and joints. As they are still developing, they should not be exposed to repetitive or prolonged ‘loading’ (i.e. weight applied to the foot during motion).

The early years are the most important for the development of your child’s feet. At this age, their feet are soft and pliable, so any abnormal pressure can lead to problems. Allow your child to kick and exercise their feet, as this will prepare them for the range of motion they require for walking. Avoid using walkers during infancy, as this will encourage the child to walk on their toes.

When your child begins to walk, allow them to be either barefoot or in socks without shoes at some stages to help with normal muscle development. If you prefer your child to wear shoes, an experienced shoe fitter should fit them after your child has been walking independently for several weeks. The way your child sits can also affect the structure of their feet; so try to discourage your child from sitting with their feet turned out.

If you think there may be a problem with your child’s feet, keep an eye out for these signs:

  • Walking in an awkward manner
  • Clumsy running style
  • Continual tripping
  • Fatigue
  • Abnormal wearing on areas of the shoe

If your child exhibits any of these signs, make an appointment to see James Pascoe Podiatry. We will ensure your child is not in any pain and then begin to treat any foot, ankle or lower limb disorders they may be suffering from.

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