Children’s Feet

From mild gait pattern disorders to intricate soft tissue injuries, our podiatrists are highly skilled in addressing a wide range of paediatric conditions. Our team is one of the few in Asia with specialised expertise in caring for infants with congenital deformities, including clubfoot, bowlegs, and knock knees. Utilising cutting-edge conservative podiatric approaches, we ensure the effective management of paediatric musculoskeletal cases, leading to the successful resolution of abnormalities in the developmental stages of children.

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Overview

Paediatric podiatrists at East Coast Podiatry specialise in caring for infants, starting from as early as 6 days old. While there is no specific age requirement for a child to undergo a podiatric assessment, we highly recommend seeking consultation if your child is experiencing discomfort, pain, or if you observe any visible changes in their lower limbs or walking pattern.

Children, unlike adults, may not be able to express discomfort or pain in their feet. Therefore, parental vigilance and proactive foot care are crucial to prevent minor problems from developing into more serious issues.

While some childhood foot and walking conditions resolve on their own, others can persist into adulthood, impacting mobility and quality of life. Here's a guide on when to consider visiting a podiatrist for common paediatric lower limb conditions:

Congenital defects – within 2 weeks of birth

This is crucial for conditions like clubfoot and vertical talus, which can be diagnosed and managed early for optimal outcomes.

General foot and lower limb concerns – soon after you notice them

This can range from birth to teenage years. Most parents seek help when their child starts walking (around 8 months) or with concerns about walking patterns, foot alignment, or discomfort.

Infections of soft tissue – same day to within 5 days

Immediate attention is necessary for infections, especially if accompanied by fever, rapid skin changes, or compromised immunity.

Why Are Paediatric Milestones Important?

Paediatric milestones serve as a general guideline to understanding the development of a child’s neurological, gross, and fine motor skills. Many parents may not be aware of what a particular milestone involves and it can be difficult to spot when something outside of the child’s normal development happens.

While individual development varies, some general gross motor milestones serve as a helpful guide:

  • 3 months: Lifts head and chest while lying on their tummy
  • 6 months: Rolls over
  • 7-9 months: Sits up without support and stands with assistance
  • 12 months: Stands and walks/cruises with assistance (holding on to furniture)
  • 15 months: Walks independently without assistance
  • 36 months: Walks with an adult-like gait

These are general guidelines and some children may reach these milestones slightly earlier or later. However, if you have any concerns about your child's development compared to these expected milestones, it's crucial to consult a qualified healthcare professional promptly. They can assess your child's progress, identify any potential issues, and recommend appropriate interventions if necessary.

How can paediatric foot abnormalities be managed?

At East Coast Podiatry, we understand the unique needs of growing feet. Our experienced podiatrists specialise in managing musculoskeletal conditions and biomechanical issues in children from infancy to adolescence.

We prioritise a comfortable and non-invasive approach, utilising advanced clinical assessments to accurately diagnose your child's condition. Your podiatrist will communicate the findings and create a personalised care plan tailored to your child's specific needs.

Our comprehensive range of recommended solutions for your child may include:

  • Serial Casting
  • Paediatric Ankle Foot Orthotics (AFOs)
  • Custom Insoles
  • Physical Exercises and Stretches
  • Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)
  • Extracorporeal Magnetotransduction Therapy (EMTT)
  • Super Inductive System (SIS)

If your child's condition requires a multi-disciplinary approach to their care and management plan, your podiatrist will seamlessly refer you to other healthcare professionals, such as orthopaedic surgeons or paediatric neurologists. For severe cases requiring surgery, we ensure prompt referrals to specialists for surgical intervention.

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Common Symptoms

Discomfort
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Visible changes in lower limbs or gait

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My child progresses a lot with this Centre. She used to tiptoe a lot when walking and was weak in physical activities. Over less than a year, I can see her progress with walking, running and postures. Podiatrist Brown, Sharon and their colleagues are very good, patient and professional. Their playroom is a huge hit - my child wanted to go and play always, making it the easiest clinic experiences. Highly recommend- do check with your insurance, sometimes they can pay for it.

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