Balanced Podiatry Welcomes children and families. We have a special kids corner with toys and colouring to allow kids to attend appointments with parents or for children and their siblings to play.
We offer a friendly service that is safe and comfortable for parents and children.
We also offer a 20% discount on all services for children under 18years.
Airlie is registered with NDIS.
Growing bodies have special considerations. Children’s bodies are still growing and the
assessment parameters are different than for adults.
Children look different to adults when they first start walking and moving around. Often, what may seem unusual is just part of the skeletal structure growing and developing. Sometimes there are injuries or issues that require treatment. It is natural to become anxious if you think there is something wrong with your child. A podiatrist can provide a foot and leg assessment in a non-invasive and non-threatening environment.
Children commonly attend a podiatrist when there feet turn in or out when they walk, they fall over a lot or they complain of pain.
In adolescence pain at the back of the heel bone is very common.
Calf and Hamstring muscles often become tight, especially as sitting becomes more common as the school work load increases through middle and secondary school. I encourage all parents to ensure the work station for their children at home and at school is suitable for their height and size. For example, a class of 14 year olds can contain children who have nearly finished growing and children who are just starting their adult growth spurt, yet these children share the same chairs and tables. A simple solution is for taller students to carry a cushion to sit on to allow their feet to be comfortably flat on the ground, rather than twisted around the legs of a chair.
At Balanced Podiatry a through assessment is been completed and documented and treatment will be aimed at achieving resolution of your complaint in consultation with the child and parents or caregivers. Exercises and stretches will often be prescribed that are simple and age appropriate.
Footwear is important for everyone, especially children as their feet can grow quickly. Financially providing shoes for children can be a struggle.
Infants are often suited to a soft-soled, leather shoe with some elastic or velcro fastening. Leather allows the shoe to stretch around any wider parts of the foot and the straps hold the shoe on to the feet so that the toes don’t need to clench the sole of the shoe. A soft sole allows the feet to feel the ground and develop neural connections required for balance and stability.
Children will be spending more time out doors and on hard surfaces, so a light weight trainer is a good option. Laces or fastening is best and Leather will allow the shoe to stretch around the foot. Synthetic shoes are fine so long as they are comfortable and correctly fitted.
Older children will start to want to wear thongs, have sports shoes and sometimes require a dress shoe for schooling. All of the features for children are relevant but as the child get larger in frame a firm heel counter and shank as with an adults shoe becomes important. It is a tricky time for parents often needing to purchase 2-3 pairs of shoes at a time that become worn out or grown out of rapidly. Fitting your children shoes to their feet and their specific needs is vital for ensuring good healthy feet into adulthood. Second hand shoes are fine as long as there are no signs of deformity and the shoes fit properly.
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Skin and nails
Children can be more prone to warts than adults. A wart is a virus that penetrates the skin and causes a proliferation of skin cells with a rich nerve and blood supply. They are not harmful but on the sole of the foot that can be painful and treatment is difficult as the lesion will push into the tissue rather than raised on the skin as with warts on the hands or face. Children have not built as much immunity to germs than adults, so they can become infected with a wart more easily. Treatment involves managing pain and helping prevent the wart spread to surrounding skin. Mild acid can be applied to warts if necessary.
Ingrown toe nails can be more common in adolescents as their skin becomes sweaty and self care can be negligible – teenagers have been known to tear their toe nails off or cut them too short. If an ingrown toe nail develops, it is important to get it treated promptly, before it gets any worse and requires surgical intervention.
A podiatrist can offer advice and referral of common skin and nail conditions.
If your children are really well behaved like this one I will even let them tidy up!