Common Foot and Leg Problems in Children
The foot consists of 28 bones making it the most complex structure of the body.
Many adult foot problems have their origins in childhood.
Often parents will hear the response “Don’t worry they will grow out of it” when their child is experiencing pain. It is important not to dismiss children’s consistent complaints of pain as “just growing pains” as these pains are usually caused by a biomechanical problem which can be fixed.
Signs parents can look for in children that signify they are not walking correctly are:
Constantly tired and aching legs
Walking out toed
Intoed (pigeon toed)
Clumsy when running or tired
Uneven shoe wear
Shoes wear out on inside of sole
By 12, a child’s foot is 90% of it's adult length.It is therefore important to get your child’s feet checked early.
By educating parents, we are giving them the knowledge to help identify problems early. As the parent sees their children daily it enables them to detect problems early.
If your child displays any of the points listed above please ask for an appointment for your child to be assessed so we can help prevent future problems.