“don’t worry – they grow out of it is “.  not always true .

“Don’t worry – they grow out of it “. is a common response to parent’s concerns about the development of their children’s feet or legs.

In some cases this can be true, however as children grow up their feet and legs undergo various stages of development.  Your podiatrist will be able to advise you whether your child’s development falls within acceptable limits for their age, or if treatment may be required.

Don’t dismiss your  child’s consistent complaints of aches as “Just growing pains”. The reason for persistent aches and cramps can sometimes be due to poor foot or leg posture.

Advice to Parents

  • Most  foot and  lower leg problems in children do not cause pain
  • Signs that a problem exists may include walking in an unusual or awkward way, unusual wear patterns on shoes and early fatigue.
  • If you have any concerns  about your child’s foot health development , seek the advice  of a podiatrist. To be assured that there is no problem is better than being told. “ You should have come earlier when we could have done something about it “.
Information sourced from Australian Podiatry Council  “Podiatry and children”.

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