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Improve your child’s movement and participation in everyday activities, enhance their development and give them a good quality of life.

Podiatry for children, or Paediatric podiatry, is a specialised area of podiatry that addresses the different foot and lower leg needs of babies, children and adolescents as they develop movement skills and grow.

This involves therapies such as exercise, movement training, stretches, strengthening, motor learning and play.

Foot and lower leg health is essential for injury and pain prevention and enables greater comfort during physical movement in everday activites.

We have a team of highly qualified podiatrists who have many years of clinical experience or further study in the area.

Our team provide assessments and identify difficulties and diagnosis to tailor a therapy program for each child.

It’s a very hands-on process, and we like to keep it fun and playful for your child.

To learn more about our podiatry services or to book an appointment contact your nearest Early Start Australia clinic.

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Our podiatrists can help with the following:

  • Prescribing orthotics
  • Stretching programs
  • Developing foot and leg strength
  • Recommending shoe wear
  • Orthopaedic conditions, e.g. plagiocephaly, lower limb, patella-femoral mal-alignment, scoliosis or joint pain
  • Coordination or balance problems
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What does podiatry involve?

Podiatry treatment for your child begins with an assessment where we look at their motor skills and overall development.

We identify your child’s ability strengths and weaknesses and then design a therapy plan that addresses their individual needs and offer joint appointments with physiotherapists and occupational therapists as required.

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Frequently asked questions about podiatry services

AN ESA Podiatrist can help your child with movement, mobility and biomechanical development.

 To address foot and lower leg related difficulties, podiatry can help your child:

  • improve comfort, movement and participation
  • improve foot and lower limb strength
  • increase coordination and balance
  • prevent injury and lower limb/foot related pain
  • improve body/joint mechanics or alignment
  • Children of all ages can see a podiatrist to support their foot and limb needs
  • Children experiencing pain, discomfort, tenderness in their feet or legs
  • Children with flat feet, nerve problems, tendonitis, bunions, pigeon toes, bow-legs, in-rolling ankles, knock knees,
  • Childhood arthritis or double-jointedness
  • Children with very high or low arches
  • Children who have difficulties with coordination, balance, walking and running
  • Frequent falls, poor balance and coordination
  • Children with skin and nail concerns
  • Injury such as sprains, fractures or bone deformity e.g bunions

Paediatric Podiatrist are qualified health professionals who specialise in the care of lower limbs including the foot and ankle. They are experienced with assessing, diagnosing, and treating a child’s lower limb concerns and can identify any issues and offer early-intervention therapy strategies to influence an individual’s ability to move and participate.

If you are a parent, no one knows your child as well as you do. If you have any concerns about their foot or lower leg health you can seek the advice of a physiotherapist. Or maybe your GP, community nurse, child carer or teacher have concerns. Podiatry for your child can help treat issues with:

  • balance, posture, coordination and gross motor skills
  • joint, muscle or nervous system problems causing weakness, pain or movement difficulties
  • weight and physical activity advice
  • growth or sports injuries to the bones, joints, muscles and ligaments
  • recovery after surgery or illness to improve strength, movement, function and independence

It’s important to remember you don’t need a doctor’s referral to see a podiatrist. Medicare does not cover podiatry, but some costs are often covered by ancillary private health insurance.

The Early Start Australia promise

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Holistic care and treatment plans

Our multi-disciplinary team works together with you to understand your child’s needs. From there, we’ll develop a plan with evidence-based strategies. Work with us to achieve your goals and enjoy a better quality of life.

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Australia-wide reach

With clinics in every state and territory, and an experienced team of therapists. Find help when you need it, where you need it.

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Registered NDIS provider

We are a registered NDIS provider and are here to help you on your NDIS journey. We provide quality and safe services, follow NDIS requirements, and support your needs and goals.

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Early intervention at all stages

Early intervention is not just for young children. We offer therapies that cater to all ages, needs and abilities, and we know the sooner you start your therapy journey, the better your outcomes. With us, you can learn new skills and enjoy more freedom and control in your life.

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