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Podopaediatrics is podiatric specialty that focuses on children’s feet and lower limbs. Podopaediatrics can help guide a child’s normal development, and correct any musculoskeletal abnormalities or dysfunction to improve quality of life and prevent pathologies from manifesting in adulthood. 

While every child is different, there are typical milestones in foot and lower limb development in the early stages of life, such as sitting unassisted by 6-7 months on average, walking briefly around 12 months, and walking heel-to-toe (the normal walking pattern for most people) by roughly age 3.

Careful observation of the child during these various stages will help identify any potential abnormalities and help a podiatrist diagnose and treat them before the child is fully grown. During a typical examination, a podiatrist will study the child’s gait and posture. They may also inquire if the child refuses to walk, walks differently from others, complains of tiredness or aches and pains while walking, along with asking about any family history of foot or lower limb problems, breech or premature births, and more.

Some common issues that podopaediatrics can address include flat feet, feet that point inward (in-toeing), knees that point inward (knock knees) or outward (bow legs), forefeet that hook sharply inward (Metatarsus Adductus), limping, toe abnormalities, and more.

If you notice anything unusual in your child’s feet or lower limbs, or are concerned about their development, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment for your child with a podiatrist.