As your child grows and becomes more active, he or she may be trying out different sports. However, children are unfortunately accident-prone and vulnerable to sustaining injuries as their joints and bones may not be fully developed. Whilst the occasional tripping and falling is expected, the risks of injury increases when your child becomes actively involved in recreational or competitive sports. It is therefore important to monitor your child’s development closely when picking up new activities.
The common causes of lower limb sporting injuries include:
When should I be concerned for my child?
You should bring your child for a professional assessment by a paediatrician, physiotherapist or podiatrist if he or she experiences the following:
How can a Podiatrist help?
Our podiatrist will conduct a thorough evaluation of your legs and feet to identify the cause. A detailed history and physical examination will be conducted. We will also need to assess the sport specific movements that cause the symptoms.
From the findings, the podiatrist will construct a treatment plan. Depending on the severity of the condition, treatment will include the application of sports taping, foot orthoses, footwear changes, and specific exercises to strengthen the lower limbs and feet.
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