Feet can be an issue for children at various stages of their growth. They may have some developmental issues or aches and pains from the sport they're playing.
If these conditions are treated early, there's a good chance that your child will successfully overcome their condition. Every parent wants their child to have the best start in life. We can help build your child's strength and mobility, and help them to achieve their potential.
Little feet are not just a smaller version of adult feet.
Babies and toddlers' feet are still developing, with softer cartilage instead of fully-formed adult bones.
The key message is to let your child walk barefoot as much as possible.
Walking barefoot helps your child's foot to develop normally. For example, their toes will be free to move naturally and "grasp" the surface they're walking on, whether it be carpet or grass. Walking barefoot helps your child to develop a good, coordinated walking pattern.
With their bones still developing, the right shoes can have a big impact.
Take the time to ensure your child's shoes fit well. Abnormal, repetitive pressure such as badly fitting shoes can have a long term effect.
Here are some tips to help you choose your child's early pairs of shoes.
If you think your child has an arch that is flatter than normal, and their feet are causing them problems, give us a call.
There are three reasons why you may need to consider arch support for your child.
This is when there is an underlying, long-lasting condition. We will run various checks, which may include checking the wear on your child's shoes, checking how they stand on tip-toe and whether they can stand on their heels.
We may prescribe a series of exercise and give advice about more supportive shoes.
Your child's symptoms may include foot, leg or knee pain, or deformities such as bunions.
These can include neurological and musculoskeletal conditions such as cerebral palsy and Down Syndrome.
If your child is overweight, they may benefit from arch supports and more comfortable shoes.
Here are a few tips to help you choose shoes for your school-aged child.
Yes, the name does sound frightening, but it's not as bad as it sounds. Sever's disease is a very common heel injury that occurs in kids. It's painful but it doesn't last forever and it has no long-term effects.
Sever's Disease is a painful bone disorder which comes about when the growth plate in your growing child's heel becomes inflamed and swells.
Growth plates are the area at the end of bones which turn into new bone over time. It's how we grow taller and develop longer feet and limbs.
Sever's Disease is most common in active kids. It usually occurs during their adolescent growth spurt at the beginning of adolescence. This can be anwhere between the ages of 8 and 13 for girls and 10 to 15 for boys.
It's rare for older teenagers to suffer from Sever's Disease because the growth plate at the bak of the heel usually finishes growing by the time they reach 15.
We pull out all the stops to ease your child's pain.
Our techniques include: