The paediatric podiatry department provides assessment and treatment from birth to 16 years of age. We continue to see children for podiatry input within specialist schools to the age of 19. Paediatric podiatrists have additional knowledge of children's lower limb development and of childhood disabilities. We work independently as well as within an integrated multi-disciplinary team of physiotherapists (neuro and MSK), OT, continence nurse and speech therapist to develop a unique treatment plan to meet your child's individual needs and abilities.

The paediatric podiatry department will assess your child's lower limb function and undertake gait analysis assessment on a 1 to 1 basis, or jointly if needed with a multi-disciplinary team.

The paediatric podiatry service accepts referrals for any child that has a condition affecting their lower limb including:
•    neuromuscular disorders e.g. muscular dystrophies
•    neurological conditions e.g. cerebral palsy, head injuries
•    congenital disorders e.g Down’s syndrome or spina bifida
•    Rheumatological conditions: ehlers danlos or juvenile idiopathic arthritis
•    Orthopaedic conditions: tarsal coalition or club foot
•    Abnormal walking patterns including increased falls
•    Abnormal foot posture: High arched foot
•    Sport injuries and symptomatic lower limb concerns
•    Leg length differences 

Please note we are only able to accept referrals for the following where there is deterioration, family history, dysfunction or pain:
•    flat feet that present (under the age of 6, only 1% of flat feet require treatment)
•    curly or under riding/ over riding toes (rare)
•    HAV

Referrals for wound care, ingrown toenails or over the age of 16 should be submitted to our adult podiatry team within KCHT (kcht.podiatrycc@nhs.net)