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Kids & feet – Part 2

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Written By

Shaheen Aumeer-Donovan
Philip Aumeer-Donovan

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Posted 19th February 2024

As featured in the Mulgoa Valley District Gazette

Here are some more things to look out for with kids*.

Sore legs

Many children experience pain in their legs as they grow. Encouraging children to stretch and keep hydrated will help. If the pain persists or becomes very sharp, it is a good idea to visit a podiatrist in case their feet need a bit more support.

Heel pain

Children with pain in the heel after exercise should consult a podiatrist straight away as it can be an indication of Sever’s disease. Sever’s disease is caused by the Achilles tendon pulling on the back of the heel bone (calcaneus) as the growth plate in the bone is trying to close, causing inflammation. Generally by the time Sever’s disease presents itself, it can take up to 2 years for the growth plate to fully close and pain to abate if no interventions are made. However, with early and correct intervention, the child can be pain-free in as little as a couple of weeks.

Nail picking

Picking often starts when nails are uncomfortable, sometimes because they are ingrowing, or if the child is sensory-seeking. Picking ingrowing nails can lead to inflammation, infection, more deeply involuted nails and further discomfort that can become a hard-to-break habit over time. When you first see children picking at their nails, a podiatrist can help determine if there is an issue with the nail causing irritation. At this early stage, the podiatrist has more non-invasive treatment options available to them such as education on how to trim nails correctly, clearing hard skin formed from the trauma of the ingrowing nail, foam packing under the nails to help them grow out straight, and nail bracing. If too much damage has been done to the nail, sometimes it is only possible to correct the issue with nail surgery.


Warts (verruca) are caused by a virus that is highly contagious and transmitted by direct touch or by touching a contaminated surface. Warts should be treated and kept covered to prevent them spreading or being passed on to other people. Please see our editorials Warts & all – Part 1 and Warts & all – Part 2 for more information on wart treatment.


* For general information only – a healthcare professional must be seen for tailored advice

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Shaheen Aumeer-Donovan

Shaheen is our Practice Manager. She works hard behind the scenes to ensure that the clinics run smoothly, best practices are being followed, and the staff have everything they need to look after the Repairs Afoot family. While a stickler for the paperwork, she’s also a little quirky and loves using her creativity to find new ways to encourage people to look after their feet.

Philip Aumeer-Donovan

Philip is our esteemed Clinical Manager and resident foot-whisperer. He has over 21 years of experience as a podiatrist and has been mentoring new graduates in the profession for over 12 years. He hasn’t met a sore foot he didn’t want to treat, which is why he has strived to build a clinic that can help patients with any kind of foot issue, and is committed to continuing education to ensure he is up-to-date with any new developments that could be beneficial for his patients. It is also why he is believes strongly in sharing his knowledge with the wider community.