During the first year of a child’s life their feet grow rapidly, reaching almost half their adult size.
At 12 yrs of age your child’s feet are about 90% of the size they will be when growth is complete. Largely due to this rapid growth many adult foot problems have their origins in childhood. We see children of all ages for a range of different foot-care issues.
Conditions that we commonly see in children include:
- Flat feet
- In-toeing (pigeon-toed)
- Curly toes
- Nail and skin pathology of the feet
- Toenail surgery for ingrown toenails
- Sever’s disease (heel pain)
- Osgood-schlatters (knee pain)
- Sprained ankles
- Heel pain
- Shin splints
- Sporting injuries of the foot
If you have concerns about how your child walks or runs, if they complain of pain in their legs and feet, or even if they seem to struggle to keep up with their friends or you have any other concerns about your child’s foot health development, seek the advice of a podiatrist.
Your podiatrist will be able to advise you whether your child’s development falls within acceptable limits for their age, or if treatment may be required.