At Hurst Podiatry, we offer podiatry services for children at our clinics in Healesville, Croydon, Kilsyth and Mooroolbark.
If you need a paediatric podiatrist in Melbourne, book an appointment to see us now.
What is Children’s Podiatry?
Podiatry for children involves the assessment, monitoring and treatment of conditions that can affect a child’s feet and/or lower limbs. These conditions may be caused by injuries, accidents, development issues, behavioural habits, or genetics.
Why Your Child Should See a Podiatrist
Children’s feet play a crucial role in their early development, they are integral to some of the first things they learn to do, like walking, crawling and getting them moving in the world.
Children and their growing feet develop rapidly and they can run into problems unique to their age and point in their development.
In this way children’s foot problems can vary greatly to those of adults and it is important that anyone offering care to children understands that.
Through thorough assessments, regular monitoring, and when required, first class treatment, we make sure your child’s growth and development is on the right path and they can do the things they love pain free.
Most importantly we can help you navigate through their developmental journey and help you make decisions on what is worth trying to treat proactively and what is not.
Parents always want what’s best for their children and we can help make sure you have all the information you need to make that choice.
We’re here to help you with any feet and lower limb issues that your child may be experiencing.
At Hurst Podiatry we specialise in making sure your children’s feet and lower limb development is on track and the best that it can be.
So, if you have any concerns about your child’s feet, come see us today. Getting ahead of the problem is essential when it comes to your kid’s feet.
Common conditions our children’s podiatrists can help treat
Some of the conditions we commonly help care for in children are:
- Growing Pains & Growth Spurts
- Kohlers disease
- Growth Plate Aches & Pains (most commonly Sever’s Disease/Calcaneal Apophysitis)
- Intoeing (also known as pigeon toed)
- Toe Walking
- Knock knees and bowlegs
- Increased or Excessive Tripping
- Ingrown Toenails
- Flat Feet and high arches
- Plantar warts
- Incorrect Fitting Footwear
Why Choose Hurst Podiatry for your children’s feet?
At Hurst Podiatry our podiatrists all have a keen interest in paediatric foot care and our passion has led us to undertake additional study to ensure we can offer the best and latest treatment options to help your child today.
Whether your child is experiencing foot pain, they have had an injury or accident, or you are concerned about their development, we can help you. Book in to see our paediatric podiatrists in Melbourne’s East today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do podiatrists treat children?
Podiatrists study subject units at University specifically about Children’s feet and paediatrics. This makes them the best choice to help contend with any lower limb issues and concerns you might have with your child’s feet and legs.
At Hurst Podiatry our team are all very interested in children’s foot and lower limb health, and we pride ourselves on our extensive knowledge and experience in children’s podiatry. Our team have a keen interest in paediatric care, and all do additional study in this space to make them experts at helping your child.
When should my child see a podiatrist?
Children’s development happens quickly, ask any parent and they’ll tell you they can’t believe how quickly their littles one’s grow up.
With this in mind we only get a small window to have an impact on some injuries and developmental problems.
It is never too early to get your child checked our podiatrists and it will help put your mind at ease.
If your child does need help, we can offer a short and long term treatment plan for your them.
Do I need a referral to bring my child to the podiatrist?
A referral is not required to make a booking for your child, you can book online or ring us today to find a time that suits.
My child walks funny should I get them checked?
If you are concerned by the shape of your child’s foot or the how they walk (such as toe walking or in toeing), we definitely suggest having one of our paediatric podiatry team members have a look.
It is never to early to check and always best to be sure that what you are seeing isn’t going to cause your child issues.
Children’s feet do look different to an adult’s foot, so there is a good chance no significant treatment is required but at least you’ll have reassurance that your child doesn’t have any major future concerns.
My child has flat feet what can be done?
Quite possibly there is nothing to do.
Flat feet or feet that pronate (roll in) are not always a concern and often little or no treatment is required.
To put your mind at ease though we recommend getting them checked so that you know your child won’t have any issues in the future.
If they do require therapy this might include footwear changes, exercise programs to strengthen any disadvantaged muscles or orthotics to improve the position of the child’s foot and leg.
All of these can make a huge difference to avoiding any future injuries.