Podiatry for children
Here at Blueprint Podiatry, we enjoy helping children of all ages, with heel pain to stay active, healthy and happy.
Here at Blueprint Podiatry, we enjoy helping children of all ages, with heel pain to stay active, healthy and happy.
Your child depends on having pain free, healthy feet, to ensure they stay active and don’t refrain from day-to-day activities and exercise. It is best to have your child’s feet checked to ensure small problems don’t turn into big ones. Our team take a gentle approach, as we want to ensure both parents and children feel comfortable and cared for.
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Common foot conditions in children
Ankles, Legs, Hips and Knees
Pain in any area of a child’s body – foot, ankle, legs, knees or hips isn’t normal and should be assessed. Foot alignment and mechanics have an influence on how well the rest of the leg and the main joints, the ankles, knees and hips are aligned and function. The feet really are the foundation of the body and need to be well aligned and functioning in a stable way. One sided pain may indicate a leg length discrepancy or relate back to a previous injury. Children have active lives and are often playing all sorts of different sports or involved in dance or gymnastics. Sometimes poor footwear is a contributing factor also. Podiatrists at Blueprint Podiatry are experienced in assessing children’s feet and their whole body posture and importantly providing advice and treatment options that look at all of these factors.
Autism is generally characterised by difficulty communicating and developing relationships with other people through language and abstract concepts and will typically present in early childhood. It has also been found that children with Autism may have difficulty in performing and developing gross motor skills, coordination and balance which are all factors that contribute to gait patterns.
How can Blueprint Podiatry assist individuals with autism spectrum in improving their gross motor skills and gait patterns?
At Blueprint Podiatry, we understand that children with autism spectrum may experience challenges in developing gross motor skills, coordination, and balance, which can impact their gait patterns. Our experienced podiatrists can provide personalised treatment plans that may include orthotic therapy and footwear advice. These interventions aim to improve stability, proprioception, and gait mechanics, ultimately enhancing overall motor function and coordination.
What is the role of the unweighted harness system provided by Blueprint Podiatry in supporting individuals with autism?
Blueprint Podiatry utilises an unweighted harness system that allows children with autism to walk and run without the risk of falls. The harness works by providing support and stability, reducing the impact on joints, and enhancing balance and proprioception. This innovative system helps individuals with autism develop confidence in their movements and improve their overall mobility.
How can Blueprint Podiatry address sensory sensitivities and walking difficulties commonly experienced by individuals with autism?
Children with autism may have sensitivities to certain textures, including socks and different surfaces when walking barefoot. Our podiatrists at Blueprint Podiatry take these sensitivities into account when providing footwear advice. We consider sensory preferences and recommend suitable footwear options that accommodate individual needs, ensuring comfort and promoting a more natural walking experience.
Can orthotic therapy benefit individuals with autism spectrum?
Yes, orthotic therapy can be beneficial for individuals with autism spectrum. Our podiatrists can assess and prescribe custom orthotic devices designed to support the feet, improve stability as well as proprioception, and enhance overall biomechanics. Orthotics can help address issues such as toe walking, pronation (excessive inward rolling of the foot), and other gait abnormalities commonly observed in individuals with autism, promoting more efficient and comfortable walking patterns.
Blisters are fluid-filled pockets that form on the skin due to friction, heat, or other forms of irritation. They commonly occur on the feet, particularly when wearing ill-fitting shoes or engaging in activities that cause repetitive rubbing. Blueprint Podiatry offers effective solutions for managing and preventing blisters. Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers:
What causes blisters on the feet?
Blisters on the feet are typically caused by friction or rubbing against the skin. This can happen when shoes are too tight, poorly fitted, or not broken in. Excessive moisture, heat, and certain activities like running or hiking can also contribute to blister formation.
How can Blueprint Podiatry help treat and manage blisters?
At Blueprint Podiatry, our experienced podiatrists can provide proper blister care and treatment. This may involve draining the blister using sterile techniques to prevent infection and promote healing. We can offer advice on appropriate footwear and socks to minimise friction and pressure. Additionally, we provide recommendations for blister prevention strategies to help you avoid future occurrences.
What should I do if I have a blister that has popped or become infected?
If a blister has popped on its own or has been accidentally punctured, it is essential to keep the area clean and apply an antiseptic to prevent infection. Avoid removing the overlying skin as it acts as a natural barrier. If you notice signs of infection, such as increased redness, swelling, or pus-like discharge, it is crucial to seek medical attention promptly.
How can I prevent blisters from forming in the first place?
Prevention is key when it comes to blisters. Blueprint Podiatry can provide you with practical tips to prevent blisters, such as wearing properly fitted shoes with adequate cushioning and support. We can recommend suitable socks made from moisture-wicking materials to keep your feet dry. Additionally, applying lubricants or wearing blister pads in areas prone to friction can help minimise the risk of blister formation. Lastly and often most important, biomechanics can play a critical part in blister formations. Gait assessments can be beneficial for establishing why some blisters form.
Bunions, also known as Hallux Valgus, are a common foot deformity characterised by a bony bump that forms at the base of the big toe. The big toe leans inward toward the second toe, causing the joint to protrude outward. Here are four frequently asked questions about bunions and how Blueprint Podiatry can assist:
What causes bunions to develop?
Bunions can be hereditary, meaning they run in families, and may also result from improper foot mechanics and footwear choices. Tight-fitting shoes with narrow toe boxes and high heels can contribute to bunion development, as they put extra pressure on the toes and joints.
How do bunions affect daily life?
Bunions can cause discomfort and pain, especially when walking or wearing tight shoes. They may lead to corns, calluses, and irritation on the joint. Over time, bunions can impact foot function and affect overall mobility if left untreated.
Can bunions be treated without surgery?
In many cases, bunions can be managed effectively without surgery. At Blueprint Podiatry, our experienced podiatrists can provide non-surgical treatment options, such as custom orthotics to correct foot alignment, padding to relieve pressure, and lifestyle modifications to reduce bunion-related discomfort.
When is bunion surgery necessary?
Bunion surgery may be recommended if conservative treatments do not provide sufficient relief or if the bunion is causing severe pain and interfering with daily activities. Our skilled podiatrists can assess the severity of the bunion and discuss surgical options, if necessary. We aim to provide personalised treatment plans that align with the individual's lifestyle and needs.
If you are experiencing discomfort or notice a bunion forming, it is essential to seek the advice of a podiatrist at Blueprint Podiatry. Early intervention and proper management can help prevent the progression of bunions and improve overall foot health.
Cerebral Palsy occurs due to an impaired muscle coordination known as spastic paralysis and other disabilities, which have been caused by damage to the brain before or at birth. Spasticity occurs as a result of increased muscle tone, which results in muscle stiffness. This muscle tightness makes movements difficult and can effect posture and balance. Toe walking is a common issue also. Podiatry can help with pressure areas, orthoses and footwear.
At Blueprint Podiatry, we offer a unique solution to assist individuals with cerebral palsy in improving their gait and mobility. Our unweighted harness system is designed to support children with CP while they walk or run, reducing the risk of falls and improving their overall movement.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How does the unweighted harness system work?
The unweighted harness system uses a suspension system to support the child's body weight partially, depending on their needs. This unloading effect helps reduce the pressure and impact on their legs and joints, allowing them to move with greater ease and confidence.
How can the harness benefit a child with cerebral palsy?
The unweighted harness can offer several benefits to children with cerebral palsy. By providing additional support and stability, it enables them to practice walking or running with less effort and risk of falling. The harness allows children to work on improving their gait patterns and strengthening their muscles in a safe and controlled environment.
Some children are born with curly toes – commonly one or both of the 4th toes. This can be genetic, or due to a longer toe that curls under the toe next to it which is usually more noticeable when a child starts to walk. In most cases curly toes from birth are not a problem but may require some monitoring with your podiatrist as your child begins walking and wearing shoes. If this condition appears to worsen with walking and the toes appear to be gripping this may be contributed to by foot alignment and mechanics and may require further treatment. Sometimes simple strapping techniques can help improve toe alignment in young children.
Dermatitis and Excema
Dermatitis/Excema are a group of diseases that result in inflammation of the skin. There are various conditions that cause dermatitis including as a result of allergies, irritants, and poor venous circulation, some causes are unknown. Many people suffer from some form of dermatitis which often begins in childhood. Some symptoms include blisters or dryness and thickened skin. At our clinic we can offer advice including natural remedies to help with these symptoms.
Diabetes Mellitis is a group of metabolic disorders where there is a high blood sugar level in the body.
Type 1 involves the pancreas not producing enough insulin and usually occurs in younger people including children (juvenile diabetes) .
Type 2 involves the body resisting insulin and is more likely to occur in middle to older adults as a result of poor diet and excess weight and lack of exercise.
Gestational Diabetes is a third type that can occur in pregnant woman with no prior history and often resolves post-natally.
At Blueprint Podiatry, we specialise in providing comprehensive foot care for individuals with diabetes.
Why is foot care important for individuals with diabetes?
Diabetes can lead to complications that affect the circulatory and neurological systems, increasing the risk of foot problems. Reduced sensation and circulation in the feet can make it difficult to detect injuries or wounds, impair balance and motion, and impact the overall health of the skin and nails as well as delay healing. Proper foot care is essential to prevent complications, and maintain overall foot health.
What is a diabetic foot assessment, and how often should it be conducted?
A diabetic foot assessment is a specialised examination performed by a podiatrist to evaluate the foot health of individuals with diabetes. It includes assessing sensation, circulation, skin condition, and foot structure. The frequency of these assessments may vary depending on individual risk factors and the presence of any complications. Generally, it is recommended to have a diabetic foot assessment annually, with more frequent assessments for high-risk cases.
Are Medicare EPC rebates available for podiatry services for individuals with diabetes?
Yes, individuals with diabetes are eligible for Medicare Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) rebates for podiatry services. To access these rebates, a referral and care plan from your general practitioner (GP) are required. Our team at Blueprint Podiatry can work in collaboration with your GP to provide the necessary care and ensure you receive the benefits entitled to you.
Flat Feet, Pronated Feet, Rolled in Feet
Flat feet or Pronated Feet or Rolled in Feet usually have quite flexible joints and the range of motion to roll in or collapse through the arches. In children under the age of 2 years it is normal to have flat chubby feet but by 2 years of age some development of an arch should be visible.
This foot type in children often requires more muscle energy is required than normal during gait to maintain unstable joints thus resulting in fatigue or tired aching feet and legs, so the children who don’t want to walk far or want to be carried. Pronated feet or rolled in feet do not necessary always result in a lowered or flat arch. Pronation is the motion of the joints in the rear foot that control to some degree how the whole foot operates.
Feet that pronate during gait appear to be rolled in at the heels and medial ankle and sometimes have a lowered arch but not always, and there is excessive pressure under the ball of the big toes when stepping forward. Pronation at the foot can also result in internal rotation at the legs and knees. There are many symptoms or foot conditions that can be as a result or contributed to by pronated feet and your podiatrist can assess and explain how your child’s feet function and the related issues and then advise on the best treatment plan to suit your child’s feet. Orthotic therapy is often indicated with flat feet, pronated or rolled in feet.
Pronated feet don’t always present with pain especially with children however a range of potential issues related to pronated feet may occur at some stage and our experienced Podiatrists are able to advice you on preventative orthotic therapy related to your child’s feet also considering their hereditary history and activities including sports and dance.
Growing pains are a common occurrence in young children. These pains often occur in the legs, particularly in the calves or behind the knees, and can be sporadic or recurrent. Here is some information about growing pains and four frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to this condition:
What causes growing pains?
The exact cause of growing pains is unknown. However, it is believed that they may be related to the normal growth and development of muscles, bones, and ligaments during childhood.
How can Blueprint Podiatry help with growing pains?
At Blueprint Podiatry, we can assess your child's foot and leg biomechanics to determine if any underlying factors are contributing to their growing pains. Our podiatrists can provide advice on footwear choices, stretching exercises, and lifestyle modifications that may help alleviate the discomfort associated with growing pains. In some cases, custom orthotics or other treatment modalities may be recommended to provide additional support and reduce strain on the legs and feet.
Are growing pains a sign of a more serious condition?
Growing pains are typically considered a normal part of a child's development and are not associated with any long-term or serious health issues. However, it is essential to differentiate growing pains from other conditions that may cause similar symptoms. If you have concerns about your child's leg pain, it is recommended to consult with a healthcare professional, such as a podiatrist, for a proper evaluation and diagnosis.
Can anything be done to prevent growing pains?
Since the exact cause of growing pains is unknown, it is challenging to prevent their occurrence entirely. However, certain measures may help alleviate the discomfort or reduce the frequency of episodes. These include maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle, ensuring adequate rest and sleep, wearing supportive and properly fitting footwear, and implementing stretching exercises or gentle massage techniques as recommended by a healthcare professional.
Hypermobility refers to a condition in which the joints have an increased range of motion beyond what is considered normal. This excessive joint flexibility can affect various parts of the body, including the feet and ankles. Here is some information about hypermobility and some frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to this condition:
What causes hypermobility?
Hypermobility can be caused by a variety of factors. In some cases, it is an inherited trait, passed down through families. It can also be associated with certain medical conditions, such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome or Marfan syndrome. Hypermobility can be more common in individuals with lax ligaments or weak connective tissues, which allow for greater joint mobility.
What are the common symptoms of hypermobility?
Individuals with hypermobility may experience joint pain, instability, and frequent joint sprains or dislocations. They may also have a tendency to develop flat feet, as the arches of the feet may be less supported due to the laxity of the ligaments. Other symptoms may include fatigue, muscle weakness, and difficulties with balance and coordination.
How can hypermobility be managed?
The management of hypermobility focuses on reducing symptoms, improving joint stability, and preventing injuries. This may involve a combination of conservative measures, such as physical therapy to strengthen muscles around the affected joints and improve joint stability. Orthotic devices, such as custom-made shoe inserts or ankle braces, may be recommended to provide additional support to the feet and ankles.
How can Blueprint Podiatry help with hypermobility?
At Blueprint Podiatry, our experienced podiatrists understand the challenges associated with hypermobility and its impact on foot and ankle health. We provide comprehensive evaluations to assess joint stability, muscle strength, and overall foot mechanics. Based on our findings, we develop individualised treatment plans that may include exercises to strengthen supportive muscles, custom orthotic devices to provide stability and support, and footwear recommendations to accommodate the unique needs of individuals with hypermobility.
In-toeing or Pigeon Toes
Children with this complaint walk with their feet/toes turning in – they are usually not in any pain unless they also have very pronated feet which may cause leg tiredness or knee pain – but may be at higher risk of tripping and as a result injuring themselves. In-toeing can be a complex issue and can be caused by 3 main factors – Metatarsus Adductus (turned in foot/big toe), Tibial Torsion (shinbone/leg turns inwards) or Femoral Anteversion (Thigh bone turns in).
There is often a genetic component and the hip position can also influence the position of the leg and foot. Hip, leg and foot positions can be influenced in the womb usually if there is not enough room or the feet or legs are squashed into certain positions. In-toeing is usually first noticed when children begin walking and is most common in children under 8 years, but can also spontaneously appear at any age during childhood. It can effect one or both feet/legs/hips.
Treating in-toeing usually involves advice re footwear, gait exercises and in some cases orthoses. At Blueprint Podiatry we work closely with other practitioners often Paediatric Physios and Osteopaths to assess and treat the hip and leg position and re-balance muscles and gait patterns. In-toeing can be complex to manage and often involves other issues such as pronated or flat feet and your Podiatrist will explain and discuss your child’s conditions and treatment options in detail.
How can Blueprint Podiatry help with in-toeing?
At Blueprint Podiatry, we specialise in assessing and managing various foot and lower limb conditions, including in-toeing. Our podiatrists will conduct a thorough evaluation to determine the underlying cause and severity of the in-toeing. Based on the assessment, we can provide recommendations for appropriate interventions, which may include exercises and stretches to improve muscle balance and coordination, footwear modifications, and orthotic devices if necessary. We work closely with other healthcare professionals to ensure comprehensive and coordinated care for our patients with in-toeing.
Ingrown toenails occur when the nail grows into the surrounding skin. They can be caused by a variety of factors, including improper nail trimming (cutting nails too short or rounding the edges), wearing tight or ill-fitting shoes, trauma or injury to the toe, genetic predisposition, and certain foot deformities. These factors can cause the toenail to grow into the surrounding skin, leading to an ingrown toenail.
How can I prevent ingrown toenails?
To help prevent ingrown toenails, it is important to trim your toenails properly. Cut them straight across, and keep them at a moderate length. Wear comfortable and properly fitted shoes that provide enough room for your toes. If you have a tendency to develop ingrown toenails, your podiatrist may recommend additional preventive measures or provide guidance specific to your situation.
How are ingrown toenails treated by a podiatrist?
Podiatrists are trained to diagnose and treat ingrown toenails. Treatment options may include removing the ingrown portion of the nail, and providing advice on proper nail care and footwear. In some cases, a procedure called a partial nail avulsion may be performed, where a portion of the nail is permanently removed to prevent recurrence. Your podiatrist will determine the most appropriate treatment plan based on the severity of your ingrown toenail.
Bunions are the actual boney lump that gradually form over the inside of the big toe joint – Hallux Abducto-Valgus or HAV is the term that describes how the big toe changes direction and rotates due to pressure and mechanical forces at the joint during gait. Certain foot types can be more prone to HAV and bunion formation and are often hereditary. Poor foot mechanics play a big part where excessive pressure results at the big to during gait. Certain activities such as soccer and football and ballet are also contributing factors. Children can develop Juvenile Bunions from the age of 10-15 in these cases there is a strong genetic component. At Blueprint Podiatry we are experienced in assessing foot types prone to bunions and can advise on orthotic therapy to slow down this process especially when we are assessing and working with children.
Juvenile diabetes, also known as Type 1 diabetes, is a chronic autoimmune condition in which the body's immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. As a result, the body cannot produce enough insulin to regulate blood sugar levels effectively. Children and adults with Type 1 diabetes need treatment with insulin to survive. Long term complications of this form of diabetes can effect the circulation and neurological systems in particular to the feet. Monitoring and understanding foot health and diabetes is a good habit to get children into to help prevent complications later on such as poor wound healing, ulceration and numbness.
Knock Knees- Genu Valgum
Genu valgum, commonly known as "knocked knees," is a condition characterized by the inward angling of the knees when the legs are straightened and the feet are together. It is most commonly seen in children, typically between the ages of 2 and 5 years old.
Blueprint Podiatry can provide assessment and treatment options for genu valgum. Here are some frequently asked questions about genu valgum and how Blueprint Podiatry can help:
What causes genu valgum? Genu valgum can have various causes, including normal growth and development, family history, and certain underlying medical conditions. In many cases, it is simply a natural part of a child's growth and resolves on its own as they get older. However, if the condition persists or is associated with other issues, such as pain or difficulty walking, it is important to seek professional evaluation and management.
Can Blueprint Podiatry help with managing genu valgum? Yes, Blueprint Podiatry can help with the management of genu valgum. We can conduct a thorough assessment, including evaluating the child's gait, foot alignment, and overall lower limb mechanics. Based on the findings, appropriate treatment options will be recommended. This may include providing advice on footwear selection, prescribing custom orthotic devices to improve foot alignment and stability, and referring to other healthcare professionals, such as physiotherapists or orthopedic specialists, if additional interventions are necessary.
Will my child outgrow genu valgum? In many cases, children will naturally outgrow genu valgum as they continue to grow and develop. However, the timeline for resolution can vary for each child. It is essential to monitor the condition and seek professional guidance if there are concerns about persistent or worsening symptoms. Blueprint Podiatry can provide ongoing assessment and management to ensure the child's progress and address any issues that may arise.
Can genu valgum cause long-term problems? In most cases, genu valgum does not cause significant long-term problems, especially if it is a part of normal growth and development. However, if the condition is severe or accompanied by other complications, it may require more comprehensive management. Blueprint Podiatry can assess the severity of the genu valgum, monitor any associated symptoms, and coordinate with other healthcare professionals as needed to ensure comprehensive care for the child.
It is important to consult with a podiatrist at Blueprint Podiatry for a proper evaluation and individualised management plan for genu valgum. They can provide guidance, monitor the condition's progress, and recommend appropriate interventions to support optimal lower limb alignment and function.
Leg Length Difference
A Leg Length Difference means you have one leg longer or shorter than the other and is quite common in both adults and children. LLD can be structural or functional – see below for both types.
Signs to look for both types of LLD – one foot rolling in or one foot rolling out more than the other, uneven wear patterns on shoes and one-sided pain in the foot, ankle knee or hip. A full assessment with your podiatrist will determine the type and likely cause allowing them to discuss your best treatment options.
What is the difference between functional and structural LLD?
Functional LLD is typically caused by a tight joint or muscles on one side of the body, often the hip, or a pelvic imbalance. This type of LLD can be resolved by addressing the underlying muscle imbalances and joint tightness. On the other hand, structural LLD is a result of a true anatomical difference in the length of the bones in the legs. Structural LLD may require a different approach, such as the use of orthotics or lifts, to provide appropriate support and alignment.
Can LLD cause foot pain in both functional and structural cases?
Yes, LLD can cause foot pain in both functional and structural cases. In functional LLD, the compensatory mechanisms adopted by the feet to address the imbalance can lead to altered foot mechanics and increased stress on specific areas, resulting in discomfort and pain. Structural LLD can also cause foot pain as the uneven leg length affects the distribution of forces and can lead to biomechanical issues.
How does Blueprint Podiatry approach functional and structural LLD?
For functional LLD, Blueprint Podiatry takes a comprehensive approach. We assess and address the underlying muscle imbalances and joint tightness, using stretches and exercises to rebalance the affected areas when possible and promote optimal body alignment. For structural LLD, we utilise orthotic therapy and footwear modifications to provide support and improve alignment.
Can Blueprint Podiatry help with both functional and structural LLD?
Yes, Blueprint Podiatry can help with both functional and structural LLD. Our team of experienced podiatrists specialise in assessing and treating leg length discrepancies. By providing personalised treatment plans, including exercises, orthotic therapy, and collaboration with other healthcare professionals, we aim to address the underlying causes and promote optimal alignment and foot function in both functional and structural cases.
Metatarsus adductus is a condition characterised by the inward deviation or curvature of the front part of the foot. The metatarsal bones, which connect the toes to the midfoot, appear angled towards the midline of the foot. It is commonly seen in infants and young children.
Blueprint Podiatry can provide assessment and treatment options for metatarsus adductus. Here are four frequently asked questions about metatarsus adductus and how Blueprint Podiatry can help:
What causes metatarsus adductus?
Metatarsus adductus is often present at birth and may result from the positioning of the baby in the womb. It can also be associated with other conditions such as clubfoot or hip dysplasia. In most cases, metatarsus adductus resolves on its own as the child grows and the foot structure gradually aligns.
How can Blueprint Podiatry help with metatarsus adductus?
Blueprint Podiatry can assess the severity of the metatarsus adductus and monitor progression. The podiatrist will perform a thorough evaluation, including a physical examination and possibly imaging tests. Treatment options may include gentle stretching exercises, manual manipulation of the foot, taping or bracing to maintain proper alignment, and monitoring the child's progress over time. In some cases, custom orthotic devices may be recommended to support the foot.
Will my child need surgery for metatarsus adductus?
In most cases, surgery is not necessary for metatarsus adductus. The condition typically improves with non-surgical interventions and conservative management. Blueprint Podiatry focuses on providing non-invasive treatment options to address the specific needs of each child and support natural foot development.
Can metatarsus adductus affect my child's walking or cause long-term problems?
Metatarsus adductus can affect the child's gait and foot alignment, especially in more severe cases. However, with appropriate management and intervention, the majority of children will gradually improve and achieve normal foot alignment and function. Blueprint Podiatry can guide you in monitoring your child's walking pattern and foot development, addressing any concerns that may arise, and ensuring optimal foot health and function as they grow.
It is important to consult with a podiatrist at Blueprint Podiatry for an accurate diagnosis and individualised management plan for metatarsus adductus. They can provide guidance, reassurance, and appropriate interventions to support healthy foot development and address any potential issues associated with the condition.
Osgood-Schlatter disease is a common condition that affects children and adolescents during periods of rapid growth. It is characterised by pain, swelling, and tenderness below the kneecap, specifically at the growth plate of the tibia (shinbone).
Here are four frequently asked questions about Osgood-Schlatter disease and how Blueprint Podiatry can help:
What causes Osgood-Schlatter disease?
Osgood-Schlatter disease is caused by repetitive stress on the growth plate of the tibia, commonly seen in active children involved in sports or activities that involve running, jumping, or quick changes in direction. The repetitive pulling of the quadriceps muscles on the growth plate can lead to inflammation and pain.
How can Blueprint Podiatry help with Osgood-Schlatter disease?
Blueprint Podiatry can assess the underlying factors contributing to Osgood-Schlatter disease, such as foot and leg mechanics, muscle imbalances, and footwear choices. They can provide recommendations for appropriate footwear, assist with orthotic therapy to support proper alignment and advise on stretching and strengthening exercises to alleviate symptoms and promote healing. They may also collaborate with other healthcare professionals, such as physiotherapists, to develop a comprehensive treatment plan.
Can Osgood-Schlatter disease be cured?
Osgood-Schlatter disease typically resolves on its own once growth is completed. However, during the active phase of the condition, it is important to manage symptoms and provide appropriate support to prevent further discomfort or complications. Blueprint Podiatry can help develop a treatment plan to manage pain, promote healing, and support optimal function during this period.
Is rest necessary for Osgood-Schlatter disease?
Rest is an essential component of managing Osgood-Schlatter disease. Reducing or modifying activities that aggravate symptoms can help alleviate pain and allow the affected area to heal. Blueprint Podiatry can provide guidance on activity modification and recommend alternative exercises that put less stress on the knee while maintaining overall fitness.
Severs Disease is one of the most common causes of heel pain in children, often occurring during adolescence when children hit a growth spurt. During growth spurts the bones sometimes grow a little quicker than the tendons which creates strain on tendons and pain where they attach to the bone. Also known as osteochondrosis or apophysitis, Sever’s disease is an inflammatory condition of the growth plate in the heel bone (calcaneus).
Children usually complain of pain in the Achilles tendon also. It is a common condition among children who play a lot of sports. Treatment includes rest from sport, strapping, calf stretches, heel pads/lifts, orthotic therapy and footwear advice.
How Blueprint Podiatry can help: Our podiatrists will conduct a comprehensive evaluation to identify the underlying causes of Severs Disease in each individual. By addressing these factors, we can develop a tailored treatment plan to alleviate symptoms and prevent further progression of the condition.
Here are some common FAQs we get asked
How long does it take to recover from Severs Disease?
The recovery time for Severs Disease varies depending on the severity of the condition and the individual's response to treatment. In most cases, with appropriate management and adherence to the recommended treatment plan, symptoms can improve within a few weeks to several months. However, it's important to note that complete resolution may take longer, and consistent follow-up appointments and ongoing care may be necessary.
Can Severs Disease recur after treatment?
Severs Disease has the potential to recur if the underlying factors that contributed to its development are not properly addressed or if there is a premature return to high-impact activities without adequate healing. However, with appropriate treatment and follow-up care, the risk of recurrence can be minimised.
Can Blueprint Podiatry help prevent Sever's disease?
While it may not be possible to prevent Sever's disease entirely, Blueprint Podiatry can provide guidance on preventive measures to reduce the risk of its occurrence or recurrence. This may include gradual and controlled increases in activity levels, proper footwear selection that provides adequate cushioning and support, incorporating stretching and strengthening exercises into a regular routine and ensuring biomechanics and foot function isn't contributing to the issue. We can assess your child's foot structure and mechanics and provide recommendations specific to their needs.
Sweaty Feet can be caused by a number of issues from sweat gland disorders to exacerbation due to synthetic socks and footwear. Sweaty skin can be at higher risk of blisters, and in some cases bacteria infection which causes a strong odour. Children often have sweaty feet – making sure socks are made from natural fibres helps to minimise this and spending time in bare feet when practical. There are treatment options depending on the severity and these can be discussed along with preventative tips with your podiatrist.
Tinea, also known as athlete's foot, is a fungal infection that affects the skin of the feet. It is caused by various types of fungi, and it can be easily transmitted in warm, moist environments such as public swimming pools, showers, and gym locker rooms. Here are some frequently asked questions about tinea and how Blueprint Podiatry can help:
What are the common symptoms of tinea?
Tinea typically presents with symptoms such as itching, burning, and stinging sensations on the feet. The skin may become red, dry, and scaly, and in some cases, small blisters may develop. The infection often occurs between the toes but can also affect other areas of the foot, including the soles and sides.
How is tinea diagnosed?
A podiatrist at Blueprint Podiatry can diagnose tinea by examining the affected area and assessing the characteristic symptoms. In some cases, a skin scraping or sample may be needed to confirm the presence of fungal infection.
What are the treatment options for tinea?
Blueprint Podiatry offers various treatment options for tinea depending on the severity and extent of the infection. These may include topical antifungal medications, such as creams or sprays, which are applied directly to the affected area. They may also provide advice on proper foot hygiene, including keeping the feet clean and dry, wearing breathable footwear, and using antifungal powders or sprays as a preventive measure.
How can I prevent tinea?
Preventing tinea involves taking certain precautions to minimise the risk of fungal infection. Blueprint Podiatry can provide guidance on preventive measures, including:
- Keeping the feet clean and dry, especially between the toes.
- Avoiding walking barefoot in public areas, such as communal showers or locker rooms.
- Wearing moisture-wicking socks and breathable footwear.
- Changing socks and shoes regularly.
- Using antifungal powders or sprays on the feet and inside shoes as a preventive measure.
Tired Aching Legs and Clumsiness
Tired Aching legs and Clumsiness – children may complain about tired aching legs and asked to be carried not wanting to walk too far. This may be a result of over working muscles that fatigue quicker than normal. Muscles in the foot and leg have to work hard if the feet are flat or rolling in too much.
Clumsiness can also be a symptom of fatiguing muscles and joints that are out of alignment. A foot and gait assessment of your child will allow your podiatrist to assess their mechanics and advise if orthotic therapy may help.
Tired legs and cramping
Tired legs are often an indication that the muscles of the leg are being overused often due to poor foot alignment and mechanics. Children with poor foot and leg alignment often complain of tired legs and want to be carried after a certain distance of walking.
A full biomechanical assessment and gait analysis allows your podiatrist to determine if leg muscle overuse is linked to the foot mechanics and alignment and the best treatment plan from there. Muscle cramps can be caused by a number of issues including muscles over use, mineral deficiency or poor blood circulation to the muscle.
If muscle cramps occur during walking it may indicate a lack of blood supply and you should see your GP as soon as you can.
Toe walking, also known as equinus gait or tip-toe walking, refers to a walking pattern where a person predominantly walks on their toes without their heels touching the ground. This condition can occur in both children and adults and may have various underlying causes. Blueprint Podiatry can help diagnose and manage toe walking with a personalized approach. Here are some key points and frequently asked questions related to toe walking and how Blueprint Podiatry can assist:
Is toe walking normal in young children?
Toe walking is relatively common in toddlers who are just learning to walk. However, if toe walking persists beyond the age of three or four or is a frequent pattern, it is essential to have a professional evaluation.
Can toe walking cause problems with foot development?
Prolonged toe walking can lead to issues with calf muscle tightness and potentially affect the development of the Achilles tendon and calf muscles.
Is toe walking related to autism?
Toe walking can sometimes be associated with certain developmental conditions, including autism spectrum disorder. Blueprint Podiatry can work with healthcare professionals to address any underlying issues.
Can toe walking be corrected?
With appropriate intervention and treatment, toe walking can often be corrected. Early identification and intervention yield the best results, especially in young children.
By seeking guidance from Blueprint Podiatry, individuals with toe walking can receive a thorough evaluation, personalised treatment plan, and support to address any underlying factors contributing to the toe walking pattern, promoting optimal foot function and walking mechanics.
Warts, also known as verrucae, are small, non-cancerous growths on the skin caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). While warts can develop on various parts of the body, they are common on the feet, especially the plantar surface (bottom) due to the warm and moist environment created by wearing shoes.
Blueprint Podiatry can assist in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of warts on the feet.
Are warts contagious?
Yes, warts are contagious and can spread from person to person through direct contact or by coming into contact with surfaces or objects that have been in contact with an infected person's wart.
Can I treat warts at home using over-the-counter remedies?
While over-the-counter wart treatments may be effective for some individuals, it is essential to exercise caution and follow the instructions carefully. Over-the-counter treatments are not always suitable for all types of warts, and improper use can lead to skin irritation or worsen the condition.
How long does it take to get rid of a wart with treatment?
The duration of wart treatment varies depending on the type of treatment used, the size and location of the wart, and individual factors. Some warts may resolve within a few weeks, while others may take several months of consistent treatment.
Can warts come back after treatment?
Yes, warts can recur even after successful treatment. Blueprint Podiatry can provide guidance on preventing recurrence and managing any potential new warts.
By seeking professional care from Blueprint Podiatry, individuals with warts can receive accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and comprehensive advice on wart prevention, helping them regain healthy and comfortable feet.