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Toddlers

The first steps a child takes marks an exciting milestone, it’s the beginning of 128,000km journey that will be walked in a lifetime – the equivalent to 3 times around the world.

Toddlers’ feet are different from adult feet and even those of older children.  The bones are not completely formed so the foot remains fragile and vulnerable to damage.

Feet can be damaged by wearing tight shoes and socks.

One common problem that we see is poorly-fitting shoes, especially ones that have been handed down from an older sibling.

Flat feet are common among young children and, in most cases, are nothing to worry about.  The arches will normally develop and stabilise by the time the child is 6 or 7.  However, if your child is suffering from discomfort or pain, then we are happy to do an assessment.  As with all medical issues, early treatment is the key.

A visit with a podiatrist is recommended if:

  • You notice an uneven shoe wear pattern,
  • You notice any skin rashes, hard skin lumps or bumps  on your child’s feet,
  • Your child complains of persistent pain in the feet and legs,
  • Your child is constantly tripping or falling; or
  • You have any other concerns about your child’s feet.
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Pre-Teens

By the time a child is 6 or 7, foot and leg development should have stabilised.  The child should be able to walk and run without discomfort.  If they are clumsy, or seem to be avoiding play or exercise and complaining of sore legs, then an assessment is recommended.

Click here to watch a video of some advice on choosing the right footwear for your children’s footy season.

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Teens

The teenage years are incredibly important to a child’s future foot health.  The still-growing bones are subjected to ever increasing stress from sports and play, and having to support more and more weight as the child grows to adulthood.

If any symptoms of leg or foot discomfort arise, please contact Belfield Podiatry for an assessment.

Click here to watch a video of some advice on choosing the right footwear for your children’s footy season.