Paediatric Assessments

What is a paediatric foot assessment?

Paediatrics is the study of conditions specifically relating to children and adolescents. In a podiatric sense we focus on the development of the child’s lower limbs and feet, and conditions that commonly affect children. Parents often worry about the way children are walking, as sometimes they look awkward or uncomfortable. In many cases there is no need for concern but occasionally a difficult gait may be indicative of an underlying pathology or simply painful feet that could be easily treated. As every child is different we recommend having an assessment if you have any concerns. The podiatrists at Hills District Podiatry will provide you with a professional and honest assessment and give you all the information you need to make an informed decision. We do not believe that all children need orthotics. However, if treatment is required we are skilled at providing the appropriate solution. The process will usually involve a thorough history taking, joint examination, muscle tests and gait analysis. Treatments may include stretching and or strengthening exercises, footwear advice or the provision of customised foot orthoses.

What are some common foot problems that can be seen in children?

  • Flat Feet
  • Knocked Knees
  • Bow Legs
  • Severs Disease
  • Osgood Schlatters Disease
  • In and Out Toeing
  • Growing Pains
  • Shin Splints
  • Constant Tripping
  • Balance Concerns
  • Night Pain
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