Your child's feet

Newcastle Family and Sports Podiatry 06

It is important that your child’s legs and feet reach certain milestones at certain times to ensure they are developing properly.

Checking should begin right from birth because today, more and more babies are born with hip and lower leg problems. Certainly, recent research has shown a dramatic increase in hip dysplasia due to inappropriate swaddling and carriage of newborns. If left untreated these can create difficulties in walking as well as pain through childhood.

Some conditions may be outgrown naturally, but many need some intervention. After hearing this you won’t be surprised to learn that 1 in 5 of our patients are between 0 and 5 years of age. And whether their problem is foot, leg, back or hip pain, we assess and treat children from 2days old through to teens.

Child patients may be recommended to us by general practitioners, paediatricians, orthopaedic surgeons, paediatric physiotherapists and clinic sisters or simply brought along by parents and grandparents. Typical reasons include foot and leg abnormalities, inherited conditions, poor walking positions, late walking or growing pains.

The thing to remember is that early assessment is key. Children can be assessed from newborn onwards, but because growth causes changes in conditions, it is important that your podiatrist is an experienced and regular practitioner in children’s conditions.

Conditions we treat regularly include:

  • In-toeing or pigeon toeing
  • Toe walking
  • Abnormally flat feet
  • Foot deformities
  • Acute injuries
  • Nail and skin abnormalities
  • Congenital/inherited genetic conditions (eg. charcot-marie-tooth, cerebral palsy, neurological conditions)

 

Young babies and children of walking age require a qualified, clinical understanding of their development.

Our range of treatments include:

  • Manipulation and exercises
  • Corrective splints or casts
  • Corrective or appropriate footwear
  • Corrective in-shoe devices including prescription orthotic devices
Referral to an appropriate specialist
email us - 51 Denison St, Hamilton East - 02 4961 4411