Children’s feet are constantly growing. The foot is full of ligaments and soft muscles, so it can easily be manipulated and deformed. It is extremely important that young children wear loose fitting socks and their feet are not forced into tight shoes. Shoes are only required once a child is learning to walking.
A child will go through many developmental stages. It is important to remember that each child is different and will move from one stage to another in there own time. The transition from lying, to sitting-up, to crawling, then cruising and finally walking is merely a guide. Many children skip the crawling stage and go from a sitting-up position to cruising. This does not necessarily mean that anything is wrong. It simply highlights the uniqueness of each child.
The developing foot can experience many problems, leading to stress and anxiety for both the child and parents. Often these “problems” are just different stages of the normal development process, and all that is needed is some reassurance. However, sometimes a more in-depth assessment is required and this is where we can help. You should bring your child to be examined if they are complaining of pain or discomfort, which is restricting them from completing their daily activities, such as participating in sporting events.
We will assess your child from the hip down to identify where the problem lies. It is common for the problem not to be within the feet, and the source of the issue may be from higher up the skeletal tree. If this is the case, then it is easily correctable through a tailored stretching and strengthening exercise program, footwear advice and insoles.
During these uncertain times we continue to monitor advice issued by Public Health England, and guidelines provided by The College of Podiatry. In the meantime, we are open for to all patients, by appointment only.
We will continue to maintain health & safety to the highest level, and are unable to offer walk-in services. Patients can find out more about the changes we have implemented on our website under ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19) Clinic Policy & Procedure’.
If you need to see a Podiatrist, please contact us and we will carry out a quick health check over the phone. We will provide up-to-date information on our website, by email and via our social media channels should the guidelines change again.
Appointments will only be offered to patients who we feel are no risk to others!
You can contact us by telephone on 0203 327 0194, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to discuss anything, require advice, or just want to have a chat, please feel free to get in touch with us. We are here to help!
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