When a baby is born, the bones in the foot are only partially formed. A child’s foot is made up mostly of a ‘soft’ bone similar to cartilage, which, over time, will harden into the solid bones of an adult’s feet.
It’s a continual process that takes years to develop into maturity, and due to the malleability of the soft bone, there is the potential for small issues to grow into debilitating ones over time.
To give kids the best chance of living an active and healthy lifestyle, care and attention must be paid to the development of their feet, the footwear supplied, and an awareness of any issues that may evolve over time.
Children’s feet are in a constant state of development as they grow, and it’s crucial that parents embrace healthy foot care habits for their kids, and learn the benefits of correctly fitted shoes from a qualified podiatrist.
Taking an active interest in your child’s feet will help to spot any abnormalities or issues early, allowing for early intervention. By engaging one of Pride Podiatry’s highly trained podiatrists, you give your children the best possible chance of living an active and happy lifestyle and enjoying the benefits of healthy feet and ankles for the rest of their lives.
Pain in children’s feet is common. Kids feet grow at an astonishing rate, and bones are developing from the soft, pliable compound of birth, to the hardened bone continuously until they reach adulthood.
Possible causes range from abnormalities at birth, accidents and overuse injuries, growing pains, shoes that don’t fit feet correctly, illness or disease, and many more.
At Pride Podiatry we can help by assessing and managing the following complaints to ensure you have peace of mind, and your child is developing on track.
A child’s feet are the means by which they explore the world around them and their sole form of transport. Sore feet caused by growing pains, injury and illness can seriously affect children’s quality of life and social development.
The pediatric podiatrists at Pride Podiatry are qualified experts in the care and development of kids feet. While most pains in a child’s foot will resolve themselves through conservative measures such as cold packs, rest, and compression, having pains assessed by a qualified podiatrist provides an early warning when issues are more severe.
If any issues are identified during an assessment, your child’s Podiatrist will treat the underlying cause of the pain, and develop a comprehensive management plan for maintaining healthy growth into the future.
We can advise parents on healthy foot care and development, answer questions relating to abnormalities, and provide guidance for purchasing correct footwear.
Get in touch with the team at Pride Podiatry and give your kids the best chance of leading an active and happy lifestyle.