Children are on their feet all the time; whether it be playing a game of netball or footy, walking between classes at school, or exploring around the house with their early steps. When kids start to experience issues with their feet, they perform suboptimally with sports and may lose confidence and function with even simple daily activities.
Podiatrists are experts at diagnosing and treating lower limb issues-particularly foot and ankle problems-in children of all ages. Here at Bounce Podiatry, we pride ourselves on providing a safe and professional environment for families
Our podiatrists are experienced in assessing and treating paediatric issues such as:
Sever’s Disease/Heel Pain
Sever’s disease is pain located in the bottom of the heel. It occurs when there is excessive stress and load on the growth plate located in the heel bone, and can severely impact activity and quality of life. This is one of the most common paediatric conditions that our podiatrists treat.
Ingrown toenails can be debilitating and progressively worsen over time if left untreated. They may result from not looking after the toenails properly, trauma, inappropriate footwear and also have a strong hereditary component. Podiatrists can treat the ingrown toenail conservatively and provide bespoke advice after a thorough assessment. In the case where the ingrown toenail is very severe or becomes a recurring issue, our podiatrists can perform a minor toenail surgery (with little complaint from the little ones!).
Many parents come in concerned that their children have flat feet. The instep or arch of kids should develop by a certain age but having flat feet can lead to foot, knee, hip and even lower back pain in some kids as it can throw off the entire kinetic chain of the body. Podiatrists are able to provide strengthening exercises and go through footwear and orthotics options with the family.
Hypermobility (known as being “double-jointed”) is when the joints of the body can move beyond their normal limits, which can result in injuries and early fatigue. Children with hypermobility are more likely to have flat feet and complain of rolling their ankles out, which could be a sign of chronic ankle instability. Our podiatrists will prescribe a bespoke physical rehabilitation program to strengthen the tissues and make appropriate recommendations for support.
Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease/Knee Pain
Similar to Sever’s disease, Osgood-Schlatter’s disease is an overuse injury that occurs just below the kneecap and is often linked with major growth spurts. Podiatrists can diagnose and treat knee issues such as this and others including patellofemoral pain syndrome, which is pain within the knee and kneecap.
Warts and Fungus
Kids can pick up all sorts of skin infections including viruses (warts/verruca) and fungi (Athlete’s foot/Tinea pedis). These skin lesions can be irritating, painful or itchy and have the potential to spread to other parts of the body or other members of the family. Leaving the issue for longer also means that the treatment may take longer or have a lower success rate.
Sports like netball, soccer and ballet are infamous for frequently resulting in injuries such ankle sprains and fractures of the foot and ankle. If not properly rehabilitated, these injuries can lead to long-term weakness and can increase the risk of re-injury. Our podiatrists can implement a graduated and custom treatment plan to ensure your child gets the best results with our wide assortment of treatments available in the clinic.
In-toeing in kids can result due to a number of reasons, such as a structural difference in the bones of the foot, leg or thighs or as a result of excessive muscular tightness. Kids go through different phases of development and vary in terms of “normal ranges”, which can include having knock knees.
Persistant Toe Walking
Children toe walk for a myriad of reasons, which can include neurological issues (such as cerebral palsy) or excessive tightness of the calf muscles. Excessive toe walking can lead to problems with walking stability and pain in the ball of the foot and knees due to improper shock absorption.
Juvinielle Arthritis and Bunions
Our podiatrists are experienced in dealing with patients with arthritis and foot deformities such as bunions, even in young children. These issues can lead to a reduction in function and pain with activity, which can severely limit children from being able to do what they love.
If you believe your child is having issues affecting their lower limb, don’t hesitate to see one of our podiatrists to ensure they receive a timely diagnosis and treatment so that they can bounce back into what they love sooner!
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