As your children grow they become more and more active. Their bodies are developing and it is not unusual children to experience pain in their feet and ankles. Many begin to participate in sports that can also give rise to foot pain and a whole range of foot problems.
It can be difficult for parents to know what aches and pains are part of the growing process and what is normal. You should seek professional foot care advice from a qualified podiatrist if you notice your child is:
- Walking on tip toes
- Walking with his/her toes pointing outwards or inwards
- Complaining of persistent pain in his/her feet or experiencing excessive tiredness in the legs and feet
You should also seek advice if you child suffers from:
- Painful, hard skin
- Verrucae pedis (warts)
- Athletes foot (fungal infection)
- Ingrown toenails
Our podiatrists can advise on stretching or strengthening exercises for your child and provide footwear advice. For children in sports our podiatrist may teach both the parents and children how to tape the foot to provide support and reduce pain levels. Orthopedics may also be prescribed to support the arch of the foot or realign the foot position.