Children’s Podiatry, Posture & Gait clinic
✔ Noosaville, Cooroy & Gympie
✔ After school appointments
✔ Child friendly clinic
✔ Highly experienced staff
Podopaediatrics is a specialist area of Podiatry that treats:
- Foot & lower limb pain
- Structural alignment problems
- Gait disorders
A child’s feet are the foundation of their body. A complex network of muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, nerves & blood vessels must work together to enable efficient & pain free transfer of body weight over the feet.
If any of the structures in this rapidly growing network are out of balance, the impact can be felt throughout the entire body. If left untreated in the growing child, foot & leg problems can cause years of avoidable pain & lost activity. This can have long term impacts on the physical activity levels & therefore overall health & wellbeing of your child long beyond the school years.
The development of a healthy gait & posture requires good input from the visual, vestibular & proprioceptive systems.
Poor foot mechanics (such as in Joint Hypermobility Syndrome, flat feet, in-toeing, tip-toeing) can affect the proprioceptive information the brain receives via the feet. This affects muscle activity patterns and can lead to postural & gait adaptations. If left, these can cause lifelong musculoskeletal problems.
Vital stages in gross motor skill & gait development occur before the age of 8. Early assessment is therefore essential. Intervening early, while bones are still rapidly growing, offers the best opportunity to make lasting improvements to a child’s foot & leg health.
Should my child see a Children’s Podiatrist?
- Any complaint of foot or lower limb pain
- Delayed onset of walking
- Poor balance/ clumsiness/ co-ordination
- Flat feet
- Gait disorders (in-toeing/ out-toeing/ tip-toeing)
- Difficulty keeping up with peers
- Alignment disorders (Metatarsus Adductus, Junvenile HAV)
- Trips frequently/ asks to be carried/ wants legs massaged
Chloe Potter is Suncoast Podiatry’s Paediatric specialist. She has many years’ experience in the assessment & management of foot & leg disorders in children. She has worked extensively with Paediatric Hypermobility researcher Dr Netscher in Queensland’s only full time & longest running Children’s Podiatry practice, treating hundreds of children of all ages including State & National athletes.
She is dedicated to helping your child develop life-long pain free movement to the best of their potential and will take the time to explain the condition, best treatment, footwear & most appropriate sports for your child’s mechanics & joint stability. Having personally suffered both clubfoot & a fracture of the spine in childhood, she understands the complex & challenging nature of Paediatric pain, particularly in young athletes. She is passionate about early intervention, accurate diagnosis & quick onward referral where necessary to prevent lifelong problems.