Childrens Podiatry

Children Podiatry

There are few things that are more important to a parent than their child including caring about theirs interests, education, activities & particularly their health. As a parent I want the best for my children and I’m sure you want the best for your children too. At Sole Motion Podiatry, your little ones will receive caring and compassionate professional service that will keep you well informed and involved in your child’s diagnosis and treatment throughout the journey.

When your child’s ankle or foot condition is the result of an injury, has developed during growth or has been present since birth, then our Podiatrists can handle it. We perform assessments, evaluations and diagnostic testing to determine a specific and accurate diagnosis in which to remedy the problem. It is also working together collectively to educate you about the diagnosis and discuss the treatment plan that will meet your child’s needs. Some parents believe that children will grow out of a foot or leg problem, and although this may happen, you should not take a chance with your child. If you suspect your child has a foot problem.

Early intervention of proper care & feet treatment, beginning from childhood to infancy will prevent a multitude of mechanical and orthopaedic issues seen in adults. At Sole Motion Podiatry we frequently advise parents who are concerned about the development of their childrens feet. With compromised posture, pain, or unusual walking patterns, they are often many other reasons why they would consult the clinic. Most times reassurance and postural exercises are required, however some times there may be conditions that require further interventions i.e orthotics, footwear recommendations, video gait analysis which will assist in determining the extent of the problem.

Many children will walk pidgeon toed, intoeing, tip-toeing, flat footed, bow legged even though they present with no symptoms. However some signs of tripping in infants may indicate the first signs of intoeing gait. Some children may present with deformities such as bunions or curly toes whereas others may present with skin lesions such as verrucaes which may require more invasive techniques.

Some common conditions that are presented with include

footbal-360x359Paediatric Flat Foot
Often called Pes Planus, it’s a common condition that Podiatrists see regularly. Basically, the child has a low arch profile or no arch height at all. The child may or may not have pain also. Not every child will need orthotics to correct this as it will depend on many other factors including knee & hip position, joint hyper mobility, corrective footwear and education on foot strength and exercise.

Paediatric Heel Pain
A common problem where one of the first signs you might recognize is your child limping. The heel pain maybe due to abnormality of the growth area on the heel itself. It may also become inflamed and pain may intensify when walking or participating in sports. If your child is complaining of heel or arch pain, you should have your child’s feet evaluated by our Podiatrist.

Idiopathic Toe Walking
Some toddlers or children may walk on their tip-toes rather than placing their heel on the ground. This may even reveal a bounce in the walking gait. There maybe a bone abnormality in the child’s foot or an underlying neurological issue; most often, it’s due to the shortened Achilles tendon which can be treated conservatively, although severe cases may require further investigations to lengthen the tendon.

In-Toeing or Out-Toeing
In-toeing is often referred to as walking pidgeon-toed. Instead of the feet pointed in a straight-forward position, they turn inwards. It may be one foot or both, however the child may trip & fall when walking or running; stumble or even limp as a result. It may also be a structural issue that related to the hips or legs.

Out-Toeing
is often referred to as Duck Walking with feet turned outward. The issues may present the same as above.

Both are structural issues and may be easily corrected if these problems are caught early.

Ingrown Nails
Common in people of all ages & can be painful & cause your child to limp or avoid wearing their shoes. Alleviating an ingrown nail is quick and painless, but it’s important not to ignore this as it may become infected and pose a greater risk to other complications.

Plantar Warts
Usually occurring at the bottom of the foot, warts are a virus that affect childrens feet more than adults; They’re easy to catch and can spread rapidly – highly contagious; often irritable or even painful. Seek podiatric intervention to avoid the wart from spreading as most treatments are easy and painless.
Justin G. Kalopa BSc Podiatry

Here are some of the conditions treated within the clinic

  • Calcaneal Apophysitis (Severs Disease) – Heel Pain
  • Osgood Schlatters (Knee Pain)
  • Plantar Warts – Verrucaes
  • Turf Toe – Toe Pain
  • Intoeing / Out-Toeing / Toe Walking
  • Ingrown Nails – from poor footwear
  • Flat Feet / High Arches
  • Ankle Sprains/Strains
  • Fractures

The following treatment options are available

  • Functional Orthotics: Used to assist in the treatment intervention along with improved footwear.
  • Bracing: Cam walkers or ankle & knee braces for injury and pain management.
  • Sports Taping: Using Kinesio taping techniques to aid in functional support and stability without restriction.
  • Footwear Modifications: provide the best recommendations for the right shoe and right activity with local retailers.
  • Stretching & Strengthening Programs: tailored exercises specific to the child’s conditions utilising functional & dynamic exercises
  • Gait Retraining: improving movement patterns through walking, jogging, hopping, stepping drills that encourage neural & muscular improvements.