If you’re concerned about your child’s feet, a children’s footcare professional should be able to help. Problems with your child’s feet should be checked as soon as possible. This will help prevent further issues in the future. In this blog, we are going to explore a few common foot complaints that may be causing you some concern.
What does a children’s footcare professional do?
Whether you are worried about the development of your child’s feet, or they have suffered an injury or a common foot issue such as verrucae, a footcare professional is skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of problems with the feet and lower limbs.
A footcare professional is specially trained in all areas of foot health, including children’s development.
How can I tell if a visit is necessary?
Sometimes it may be obvious that a visit to a footcare professional is required. For example, if your child is suffering from verrucas or ingrowing toenails. Occasionally the issue may not be as obvious. It’s important to look out for these clues:
Is your child struggling to keep up?
If your child has frequent difficulties in keeping up with you or their peers, there may be an issue with their feet that should be investigated.
Does your child have flat feet?
Although having a lack of arches – or flat feet – is common and usually nothing to worry about, it is important to monitor this. Most children develop arches by around six years old. If your child hasn’t developed by then and is experiencing other problems such as problems walking, it is a good idea to visit a footcare professional.
Is your child tripping or falling frequently?
While it is certainly not unusual for children to trip over, if they fall frequently, it may be a sign of an issue with their balance.
A children’s footcare professional will be able to diagnose problems and put together a treatment plan. For example, this could be special orthotics or a series of exercises.
We are here if you have any concerns about your child’s feet.
The important thing to remember is that a footcare professional is available for any concerns. As with a dentist, it is important to have regular checkups to avoid any future problems. We have a full section of our website dedicated to children’s footcare.