Parents are often concerned about the shape of their children’s feet, usually because they appear flatter than an adults foot. However, depending of the age and stage of physical development of the child, they may have no need to worry.
In the first few years of development our feet and legs undergo a lot of structural changes as part of normal development which affect the shape of our feet and walking pattern or “gait”.
These include torsional changes in the bones of the legs and knees, increase in the strength of muscles and ligaments and improvement in balance and co-ordination. These factors produce many changes in the appearance of the young child’s feet and legs which may be normal. For this reason treatment of flat feet is rarely required before the age of about 5-6 years after these early developmental changes have occurred.
Flags for parents to bring child for an assessment
- Pain is associated with the feet, knees or lower limbs
- Dysfunction – trips, falls repeated injury or ankle sprain
- Appropriate Footwear advice
- Stretching and strengthening exercises to improve muscle function
- Exercises to improve balance and co-ordination
- Various cost effective orthosis options
With a second degree in human movement studies, keeping you moving well is our priority. We provide general foot care services. We also offer more specialist services in bio mechanical assessment and orthortic prescription.
Shop 9, 61 Burnett Street
Buderim, Queensland 4556
(07) 5338 7387