April 3rd saw our podiatrist Ellie standing up in front of multiple General Practitioners and Allied Health Professionals to discuss paediatric podiatry with a subtopic of in-toe walking. It’s no secret that Ellie has a passion for working with children so it was only natural that she discussed the benefits of podiatry intervention for children 12 and under. Ellie impressed the attendees with her extensive knowledge of the biomechanics of children and the importance of podiatric intervention in the healthy growth and development of children. She impressed the GPs that much they requested a repeat of the presentation at their Wyong clinic on the 27th June! Well done Ellie!!
As you may have read in an earlier blog, Ellie has developed her own paediatric-specific assessment form which covers pre/post natal history, current medical and social history, and developmental milestones/acquisition of skills. After this, a magnitude of weight bearing, non-weight bearing and neurological tests are performed followed by a detailed gait analysis. Ellie then discusses her findings with the patient and their parent/guardian and develops an achievable treatment plan.
Common conditions children present with are:
In toe (“pigeon toed”) or tip toe walking
A “funny” walk
And this is just to name a few!
If you suspect your child needs to see a podiatrist, call us now on 43239100 or BOOK ONLINE to secure an appointment at either of our locations (West Gosford or Wyong). Dress your child in appropriate clothing for a lower limb assessment, and bring along examples of your child’s typical footwear and any foot, leg or back x-rays they may have had.
Ellie Kelly was on a mission to study Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy when circumstances caused to her to stumble across Podiatry, and she was hooked! She studied a Bachelor of Podiatry at the University of Newcastle, and as part of her studies completed placements at the Western Sydney Hospital High Risk Foot Clinic and a Paediatric Podiatry Clinic at Queensland Health. She joined Riverside Podiatry in 2017.