Foot conditions can be present from birth. They must be treated as early as possible since developing bones, which are softer than mature bones, respond better to treatments.
Parents should see a podiatrist if they observe any the following conditions: walking abnormalities, bad posture, frequent stumbling, reluctance to walk or run, growing pains, excessive perspiration, blisters, irritation of the skin of the feet, plantar warts, flat feet, and ingrown toenails. When mechanical deficiencies are identified during the child’s growth, the appropriate treatments can correct and prevent several complications.
Professional podiatrists are the best type of specialist to treat foot conditions. They are also the most appropriate person to decide whether or not a child should wear plantar orthoses.