Keep your feet in check

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Childhood is an important time for the development of feet and problems left untreated can cause pain, deformities, walking abnormalities and prevent children from participating at school and sport, especially when they are still growing.

Foot Mechanix is making easier for you to address the problem, offering a back to school special. Between now and February 4, 20 minute foot health checks for your children is just $40 per child.

The special offer includes a shoe fit check, with parents advised to bring everyday school shoes and sports shoes to the screening.

It will also include a biomechanic screening, to look for any abnormalities in the way that feet and legs are moving during walking and running, as well as a general children foot health check.

‘‘We will ask questions about family history, muscle strength, coordination, flexibility and posture as well as any concerns the child or parent may have regarding there feet and legs,’’ Foot Mechanix owner and podiatrist Kyrstle Mann said.

Krystle believes that a foot health check is a good idea if parents are noticing that their children are struggling with flat feet, feet that roll in, poor balance, tripping or poor coordination, foot pain, toe walking, pigeon toes, knock knees or bow legs, growing pains in legs and painful heels.

‘‘Children do not often complain about foot pain or problems they are having walking or running, which is why it is so important to get a foot health check and identify any problems early on,’’ Krystle said.

‘‘When treated during childhood, problems with feet and legs can help prevent long term problems with back, hip, knee and foot pain in adulthood.’’

Foot Mechanix is open Tuesday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Appointments can be made by phoning the clinic on (03) 5881 7486.