Feetness Podiatry: Five Signs Your Child May Have a Foot Problem

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A biomechanical assessment involves an examination of the lower limbs, looking at structure, alignment, strengths and weaknesses – not just for Adults but for any age!

We hear many people comment that they do not want their parent’s feet or want their child to have their feet.

Developmental flatfoot is one of the most common conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system of children and teenagers.

There is a tendency to under-treat or ignore a child’s flatfoot unless severe. Treating the anomaly early in life will save joints and musculoskeletal issues later in life.

As Podiatrists we acknowledge that children with flexible flat feet may often remain asymptomatic until grade school age or adolescent years, as they become more active in sports it is up us to educate the parents on the potential long-term clinical consequences that may occur later on in life if left untreated.

little child sneakers shoesFive Signs Your Child May Have a Foot Problem

(American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons, visit ACFAS.org)

  1. Your child cannot keep up with his peers
  2. Your child withdraws from activities they usually enjoy
  3. Your child does not want to show you their feet
  4. Your child often trips and falls
  5. Your child complains of pain. It is never normal for a child to have pain in their feet.

(American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons, visit ACFAS.org)

As well as our highly successful custom orthotics we have specially designed prefabricated ‘Little Steps’ orthotics.

These are the closest match to custom orthotics and are an effective and affordable alternative. Sizes range from toddlers to youth and early teens, as we understand how quickly feet can grow!

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Feetness Podiatry Clinic

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little-steps-from-caseyMy son Charlie (17) would not be without his insoles – what an amazing difference they make to him. It is now 18 months since his initial assessment with Ramesh and I can’t believe that he has been pain free all this time.


Diagnosed with tight Achilles tendons aged 7 Charlie had at least 6 lots of plaster casts to his lower legs aged 7-8 as well as years of ‘hospital boots’ and ‘storm trooper’ style splits to wear at night (which were very uncomfortable/painful). Aged 10 the pain was preventing him from playing sport and he was referred to another consultant who recommended that both his legs were broken in two places, plated and pinned! Thankfully Charlie decided not to go ahead with the surgery at the last minute and managed the pain with regular physio/ibuprofen and stretching exercises… often unable to play more than 3/4 of a game of rugby he is now delighted that he never has to come off through leg/foot pain as his insoles slip straight into all his footwear. We are so grateful for what you have done for Charlie, it has been quite simply – life changing!

Read Suzanne’s full story on our website but this is what she said after bringing her son to us.

………My son, now in his early 20’s has my foot structure. He is also a keen athlete.  Ramesh had previously said to me that it would have been better for me to have had corrective action on my feet when I was much younger. Encouraged by the great success in improving my own feet, I introduced my son to Ramesh. Using the new gait scan, he was quickly able to complete a scientific analysis of my son’s feet. Orthotics were ordered specifically for his needs and also took into account the type of sporting activity he does. Hopefully this early intervention will mean he will never suffer the problems that his mother and grandfather faced.

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