Podiatrist Gladstone Park Craigieburn Greenvale - medifoot clinic
Podiatrist Gladstone Park Craigieburn Greenvale - medifoot clinic

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Limping | Walking On Side Of Foot


Symptoms

  • Limiping or walking on the outer side of the foot
  • Swelling and/or redness near the inner ankle side of the foot

Possible Diagnosis

Kohler's Disease.

This is a rare condition that results due to loss of blood supply to the Navicular bone in the foot. This bone is located above the arch of the foot. With loss of blood supply the bone could detiriorate. To alleviate pain the child tends to walk on the outer side of the foot.

Treatment

  • Wearing orthotics can assist in reducing pain while walking
  • In case of an advanced condition complete rest is required. The foot may need to be cast in plaster or fitted with a cam walker

Limping | Swelling of Foot


Symptoms

Pain and possible swelling along the outer edge of the foot.

Possible Diagnosis

Iselin's Disease.

This is a condition usually seen in growing active children.

Treatment

    This is a self limiting condition and ceases with time. If there is excessive pain, our podiatrists can create customised cushioning and align the foot biomechanically using orthotics to alleviate pain.

Muscle Spasms | Limping | Pain


Symptoms

  • Muscle spasms, pain , limping
  • Pain suddenly starts and does not cease
  • Stiffness around the ankle area

Possible Diagnosis

Tarsal Coalation.

This condition is usually congenital (present since birth) however arthiritis, trauma (injury) or infection could also create this condition. In tarsal coalation the bones of the feet ( calcaneous and talus or the calcaneous and navicular) fuse together. This restricts movement of the foot. The pain may take years to develop. Due to this, the condition is difficult to detect in the early years of the child unless advanced imaging such as an MRI is used.

Treatment

  • Provided the condition is detected early, mobility can be restored to an extent by the correct biomechanical alignment of the foot using foot orthotics
  • Pain can be alleviated by icing the affected area, taking anti-inflammatory medication and by biomechanically aligning the foot using customised orthotics.
  • If the pain is severe the foot may need to be immobilised using a CAM Boot | Moont Boot | CAM walker.
  • Surgery may be suggested as a last resort.



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