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  • What your Podiatrist WON’T tell you about heel pain.

    Things your Podiatrist doesn't want you to know about Fasciitis One of Podiatry’s most common conditions – but do we treat it well? Pain on first step out of bed, pain in the ball of your heel, gets better after time on your feet only …

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  • Does your child need to see a Podiatrist?

    5 quick signs you need to see a Podiatrist (Foot Doctor) Grandma’s are great at spotting it. Your friends aren’t bad. The Shoe shop lady is often a superstar at it! But lets face it you’ve got a lot on and the occasional “Mum” or …

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  • How to Manage Growing Pains a Parents guide

    Growing Pains A case study Kids should be Happy Healthy and active Sam’s 10 he’s a great kid and loves being active but there’s a problem and it’s getting worse. Sam plays football in winter and in summer is a cricket fanatic. Apart from these …

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  • What’s normal what’s not for kids

    Flat Feet  Children with flat feet do not have an arch while standing. This is normal in nearly all infants and many young children. For the first two years, your child’s feet will seem to have fallen arches. Flat feet are normal in a young child due to weak muscle tone in the foot, a generous padding of fat, and loose ankle ligaments that permit the foot to lean inwards. As your child masters walking, the ligaments and muscles will strengthen and the fat pads in the arch area won’t be so noticeable. A functional flat foot is quite common and can result in symptoms ranging from sore or tired feet to general leg fatigue and body aches and pain. There is a positive correlation between flat feet and symptoms involving foot pain, leg pain, knee pain, hip pain and lower back pain. Excessive pronation (feet ‘ rolling’ inwards) causes the arch to collapse and elongate, giving the foot an appearance of being ‘flat’. By 5-7 years of age, your child should have normal arches in both feet. Controlling excessive pronation, with orthotics (custom-made shoe inserts) prevents the feet ‘rolling’ inwards during walking. This prevents ‘unlocking’ of the 33 joints in the feet, which is often the cause of painful symptoms in the pes planus (flat) foot type.   In-Toeing In-toeing is a common lower limb problem in which the feet point inwards, towards the midline of the body. It does not become apparent until the child begins to walk at about 12 – 18 months of age. Many toddlers walk ‘pigeon-toed’, with either one or both feet turned inwards. In most cases, this is simply a sign of developing posture and balance, and should resolve by itself (without the need for medical intervention) somewhere between the ages of three and five years. However, if the in-toeing is severe, seems to involve the leg and hip as well as the foot, or isn’t improving by the time your child is around one and a half to two years of age, see your podiatrist for assessment. Excessive in-toeing may be caused by a variety of underlying difficulties, such as hip joint problems.   Out-Toeing  Out-Toeing means that the feet curve outwards instead of pointing straight. The problem is often caused by an over-rotation in the hip or leg.   Out-Toeing is more likely to be inherited than from an abnormal position in the womb. This is also unlikely to be the result of abnormal sitting positions but some children may twist their leg bone (tibia) out too far by ‘w’ sitting.   Exercises sometimes help with the problem if treatment begins at an early age but as always with this problem see your podiatrist for assessment.   Knock-Knees Knock-knees are normal in children aged from two to seven years. Some children may become knock kneed again around puberty. If the problem has persisted from the age of seven, it may be permanent. Like bow legs this leg position may cause the foot to roll or may place strain on the knee joint. Using orthoses to straighten the foot can help straighten the leg but this may be a long-term treatment. If pain in the feet or knees occurs orthoses can be useful to relieve symptoms.     Bow Legs Bow legs are normal at birth but should disappear by the time the child reaches two. If it does not disappear by the age of two then it may be permanent. The bowed appearance may be caused by a curve in the leg bone ‘tibia’ or may involve the entire limb. This curve may cause the foot to roll or may place extra strain on the knee joint. The bow itself is not correctable but if pain occurs in the knees or feet orthoses may be useful to relieve any symptoms.   Simple Guidelines To Avoid Children’s Foot Disorders   …

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  • Why Running shoes won’t fix your problem

    Why Running shoe won’t fix your problem Running Shoes – are they really the answer to all your problems?? Hi guys, a quick post about something I have been hearing a lot of recently in the clinic. “I thought I would just change my shoes, …

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  • How Tanya beat unsightly Nail Fungus

    How Tanya beat unsightly Nail Fungus Fungal nails or ugly nails Tanya was frustrated!! “I have tried everything! Its driving me crazy!”“I have tried Vicks”“I have tea tree oil”“I think I have tried all the ointment creams and paints that the pharmacy stocks”“I have even …

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