Healthy feet have 26 bones, most of which at birth are just soft cartilage. During childhood, these bones begin to ossify (harden) and are not fully developed until about the age of 18. It is very important during these early years to look after children’s developing feet as they are very sensitive to pressure. Footwear must fit correctly as the foot can easily adopt the shape of a shoe that doesn’t fit properly which can then prevent the foot from developing naturally.
Concerns noted by parent or child should be dealt with promptly to avoid any long term foot problems. When a child or parent seeks podiatry advice regarding a foot problem, the podiatrist is examining levels of progression the child is making at various stages. Questions will be asked around crawling and walking, this allows the podiatrist to build a clear picture to identify if the child is perfectly normal or needs help or advice.
Some of the most common foot complaints in children are:
- Curly Toes
- Tip – toe walking
- Flat feet
- Painful heels
Parents and children will be assessed and advised on the appropriate management for the condition. Correct footwear in terms of fitting and style is very important for children, sometimes an orthotic (shoe insert) may be necessary to manage how the foot relates to the ground and ensure structural safety.
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