Children’s feet are not just small adult’s feet. The bone structure is still forming and will change as much as the rest of their body will. Critical aspects of postural development occur from birth to approximately eight years of age, when the adult gait is typically formed. Advice should be sought when you first notice a problem with your child’s feet; treatment is often simpler the younger the child. If you think something is wrong with your child’s feet there may well be. Don’t wait for your child to grow out of their foot problem because many do not.
Some of the common foot problems found in children include:
- Ingrown toenails
- Plantar warts
- Flat feet
- Hypermobile joints
- Growing pains
- Sports injuries
If your child is experiencing any foot or leg pain, it is advisable to make an appointment with a podiatrist who will perform a thorough examination and determine the most appropriate course of action.