Evaluating Children’s Feet

Evaluating children's feet

Children’s bone structure remains malleable until the growth process is complete. Having your children’s feet evaluated by a competent foot care professional will ensure proper management of any foot pathology that may worsen over the years.

Thus, when taken care of early enough, it is possible to improve your child’s postural development and correct any foot issues for the rest of their lives!

When to consult a podiatrist

It is important to have your children’s feet evaluated to ensure their proper physical development.

Below are the growth periods during which it is possible to detect any potential foot issues and correct them for life:

  • At around 1 month of age
  • When they take their first baby steps
  • Around 3 years of age
  • Around 7 years of age
  • Towards the end of their teenage years

Signs that a visit to the podiatrist is required

Certain signs observable at home may indicate that your child could benefit from a visit to the podiatrist to ensure they maintain healthy feet.

Some signs include:

  • Frequent stumbling
  • Feet or ankles are turned inwards
  • The arch of the foot is sagging
  • Your child gets tired quickly during physical activities
  • Your child complains about leg pain
  • Their shoes wear out quickly on the inside of the heel

What child podiatry can treat

While some foot conditions correct themselves on their own over time, others require rapid intervention. That’s why it is important to have your children’s feet evaluated by a qualified podiatrist.

Your podiatrist will be able to provide a proper diagnosis and the right solutions to correct the following problems:

  • Flat feet
  • Growing pains
  • Tired feet and legs when performing physical activities
  • Problems walking
  • Posture problem

Remember that children who wear orthotic devices during childhood do not necessarily wear them for the rest of their lives. On the contrary, caring for your children’s feet early on could help them avoid many issues later on in life.

Help set your children off on the right foot!