Starting off on the right foot with paediatric podiatry

During the first few years of life, children’s feet are soft, pliable and rapidly growing. Plus, feet are some of the most complex and intricate parts of the human body. This is why paediatric podiatry, or a foot doctor for children, is so important, as foot ailments and deformities are common in this early developmental stage of life.

It’s important to keep in mind that children can suffer from the same foot and ankle problems as adults. That is to say that any foot ailments should be addressed as soon as possible. The common misconception that a child will outgrow their foot problem often leads to delayed treatment and further complications. If even small ailments are left untreated, this can lead to sever issues and pain down the line. Make sure you get an assessment by a Podiatrist if there is any concern, so you can ensure early treatment that is more likely to have positive results and outcomes.

Podiatry Association of South Africa Children Foot Health

Remember that when children are small they will often not register pain in the same way that an adult would. This is why you should also take special notice  Plus, young children are often reluctant to tell adults if they are experiencing pain, to avoid having to visit a doctor. If you notice your child walking in an unnatural way, or an unexplained change in their levels of activity, perhaps it is time to visit a foot specialist.

Tips for children’s feet:

  • Check feet for abnormalities. If there is something that you’re unsure about, consult your Podiatrist.
  • No shoes or booties. Never restrict an infant’s feet unnecessarily, because this can lead to structural development problems over time.
  • Choose good shoes. Children’s feet should be protected in shoes that are lightweight, breathable and made from flexible materials.