Pediatric Foot Health (Children 2-16 years old)
Does your Child experience any of the following?
Our team of Podiatrists and Pedorthists are trained in the assessment and treatment of children’s feet which is the foundation of their movement. We will provide parents with education regarding the crucial aspects of foot development. Treatment protocols take into consideration the child’s age, stage of foot development, flexible or rigid feet, joint position, genetic predisposition, vision issues, posture, strength, endurance, coordination and balance, deformities, delay of motor skills, etc.
Are my child’s growing pains normal? Growing pains may be a warning sign of biomechanical dysfunction or injury and should never be ignored. If your child’s growing pains are severe or lasting longer than a day, it is best to get it checked out.
Is it normal for children to have flat feet? It is normal for babies feet to look flat, the arch does not usually develop until age 3-4. By the age of 5-6 a normal arch should be apparent. Upon assessment, your foot health professional can determine if treatment is required.
Do genetics play a role in foot development? Children inherit many of their foot conditions. Some of these take on different characteristics. Many children do not have foot pain, our goal is to protect them before they have pain. Foot types/shapes/biomechanics are highly genetic.
Nail Issues in Children: Nail issues are an ever prevalent occurrence and can be caused by a multitude of factors for children of any age. Nail issues can come in many forms such as discolouration, thickness, cracking/splitting, the nail growing off the nail bed or ingrown nails. It’s important to attain an early diagnosis of nail related conditions for children in order to best manage the condition and prevent any form of regression. Not only do we provide treatment and/or recommendations for home treatment, but also a comprehensive explanation of various conditions.
An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.