Unlocking Healthy Steps: The Importance of Pediatric Podiatry

Welcome to our comprehensive guide on Pediatric Podiatry, where we delve into the crucial role podiatrists play in ensuring the healthy development of children’s feet. Feet are the foundation of mobility and proper growth, making early intervention and care essential for a lifetime of healthy steps. Let’s explore what Pediatric Podiatry entails and why it’s vital for every child’s well-being.

 

Understanding Pediatric Podiatry

Pediatric Podiatry focuses on diagnosing, treating, and preventing foot and ankle conditions in children from infancy through adolescence. Children’s feet undergo significant changes as they grow, making specialized care essential for addressing developmental abnormalities and preventing long-term issues.

 

Common Conditions Treated

Pediatric podiatrists address a wide range of foot and ankle conditions specific to children, including:

 

  • Flat Feet: Characterized by a lack of arch in the foot, flat feet can lead to pain, instability, and gait abnormalities if left untreated.
  • In-Toeing and Out-Toeing: Abnormalities in foot positioning, such as toes pointing inward (in-toeing) or outward (out-toeing), can affect a child’s gait and balance.
  • Sever’s Disease: Also known as calcaneal apophysitis, this condition causes heel pain in active children due to inflammation of the growth plate in the heel bone.
  • Plantar Warts: Viral infections that commonly affect children’s feet, plantar warts can be painful and require specialized treatment for resolution.
  • Ingrown Toenails: Improper trimming or tight footwear can lead to ingrown toenails, causing pain, inflammation, and infection.
  • Sports Injuries: Children engaged in sports activities are prone to foot and ankle injuries such as sprains, fractures, and stress fractures, requiring prompt evaluation and treatment.

 

The Importance of Early Intervention

Early detection and treatment of foot and ankle conditions in children are crucial for preventing long-term complications and ensuring healthy development. Pediatric podiatrists employ a variety of conservative treatments, including orthotics, physical therapy, stretching exercises, and footwear modifications, tailored to each child’s unique needs.

 

When to Consult a Pediatric Podiatrist

Parents should seek the expertise of a pediatric podiatrist if their child exhibits any of the following signs or symptoms:

  • Persistent foot or ankle pain
  • Difficulty walking or participating in activities
  • Uneven shoe wear
  • Visible deformities or abnormalities in foot structure
  • Recurrent ingrown toenails or skin infections
  • Delayed milestones in foot development

 

Promoting Foot Health in Children

In addition to professional care, parents can promote healthy foot development in children by:

  • Providing properly fitting footwear with adequate support and room for growth.
  • Encouraging regular physical activity to strengthen muscles and improve balance and coordination.
  • Teaching proper foot hygiene, including nail trimming and washing feet daily.
  • Monitoring foot growth and addressing any concerns promptly.

 

Pediatric Podiatry plays a vital role in ensuring the healthy development and function of children’s feet. By addressing foot and ankle conditions early and providing appropriate interventions, pediatric podiatrists help children maintain mobility, comfort, and overall well-being. If you have any concerns about your child’s foot health, don’t hesitate to consult with a pediatric podiatrist for personalized care and guidance. Let’s take the first step towards healthy feet and a brighter future for our children.

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Covid-19 Update

What are we doing to protect you?

During lockdown there has been much soul searching and questioning if I should continue in Practice or not, given the level of investment required and the measures we must implement to ensure the safety of everyone. Although it will not be easy, I have decided not to be beaten and to continue with The Footings and make it as safe a practice as it could possibly be!  In future when attending clinic, you will be asked to:

 • Stand on a disinfectant mat 

• Use the hand gel provided

 • Put on a mask provided 

The Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) worn by the Podiatrist will consist of: 

• Scrubs 

• Disposable apron

• Face Mask 

• Safety Glasses 

• Mop cap 

• Disposable Gloves 

Only one person will be allowed on the premises at a time to ensure Social Distancing unless you are from the same household, or the patient requires a carer. 

• HEPA filtration unit will be constantly on during clinical sessions. 

• Deep Cleaning equipment is to be used at the end of each treatment 

• Whole room Disinfectant Fogging at the end of each session.

 • Sneeze Screens are being installed both in clinical rooms and Reception area to further ensure safety. 

As I am sure you appreciate these measures are gold standard and are being implemented to ensure safety for all concerned. As a result, I have no choice but to implement an increase in fees to reflect that standard. Therefore, Podiatry fees for consultation plus treatment will be £55. Appointments are now being prioritised for the most at risk patients, but extra clinics are being made available so we can catch up with everyone soon.