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Paediatric podiatry

Children’s feet and their development

Children’s feet differ from those of adults because they are growing quickly. This can lead to a range of problems, some of which are unique to children.

It is important to monitor the development of children’s feet and legs so that any problems can be picked up early. Many lower limbs conditions will resolve all by themselves with time, however, some may require intervention with appropriate treatment.


Common problems we treat

There are too many conditions affecting the feet to list here, but you can find some of the more common ones below. The good news is we will do our best to help you with all of them.

  • Flat feet
  • Sever’s disease (heel pain common in 10-13 year olds)
  • Toe walking
  • In-toeing
  • Plantar warts
  • Ingrown toe nails
  • Aching feet or legs
  • Falling or tripping more than others
  • Abnormal gait


We often get asked these questions regarding kids feet and movement

Do podiatrists treat children?

Yes we do. We are professionals in the assessment and diagnosis of foot and leg issues affecting people of all ages!

My child has started limping when playing sport or running and complaining of heel pain. Can you help?

Heel pain in growing children is a common issue, usually between the ages of 8 and 13 and is often worse following sport or vigorous activity. If your child is complaining of pain at the back or bottom or their heel that has caused them to limit their activity then we can help!

My child has a plantar wart on the bottom of their foot. How do you treat them?

There are many ways to treat plantar warts, some of which can be quite painful. We focus on the methods that have the best evidence to support their use. In most cases the lesion is lightly debrided, medicated dressings are applied and then the process is repeated over 3-4 weeks. This method is effective and causes only very mild discomfort.