More than just covering our feet for fashion, we need to cover them in quality shoes that are safe and provide adequate protection. The human foot consists of 26 bones with numerous tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints. Because of this it is very important we give our feet the protection they need just like wearing a helmet to protect our head when riding a bike. Healthy feet enable us to walk more efficiently and perform our tasks more effectively on a daily basis.
Children’s feet differ significantly from those of adults as they are not yet fully formed. At 6 months of age the foot is still predominantly cartilage; in fact, the last bone doesn’t begin to form until children are about 3 years old. It is not until the age of 18 that most of the bones of the foot are fully developed. The arch development of a child’s foot is an individual thing and arch height, or lack of, does not always indicate a child will have problems with their feet.
When should I take my child to a Podiatrist?
If your child has pain, or one foot differs from the other, or you would like advice on the correct footwear for your child, then our Podiatrists will be happy to assist.
Why are correct fitting shoes important for my children?
On average a child spends 1500 hours in their school shoes per year. it is therefore imperative that your child is fitted with good shoes that are suitable for their individual feet. While we walk our feet absorb the shock of approximately 1.5 times our body weight and when we run this figure reaches up to approximately 7.9 times our body weight. Here at Riverside Podiatry we know children. We know they love to run and play at school and any other chance they get. This is why we believe correct footwear are crucial for the healthy development of their feet.
What will happen during a Podiatry consultation?
When your child comes to Riverside Podiatry our Podiatrists will assess their hip, knee, lower limb and foot development. They will measure multiple angles, assess your child’s foot posture but will also question the pre/post-natal history and the developmental milestones. After the assessment our Podiatrists may initiate a treatment plan if necessary, make some recommendations and will also provide your child with any necessary individualised prescriptions for footwear.