Patient and carer education

Patient education forms a large part of the rationale/framework underpinning the methodologies of our clinicians at LBF. Many common paediatric lower limb presentations present due to parental concern, and often require little to no formal intervention.

A thorough assessment in conjunction with a clear explanation or justification, allows the parent/carer to fully understand the presentation at hand, and be guided toward what are considered normal and abnormal findings. There are many occasions, especially throughout paediatric growth and development phases, where a child or adolescent presents with a complaint that may appear atypical to the untrained eye; however, assessment may prove that the presentation is considered a growth-norm, or, normal for that particular age and stage. Understanding what is considered typical and atypical allows the parent/carer to understand the hallmark symptoms which may require further attention.

Similarly, it is equally important for the parents of the children who do require podiatric intervention, to understand their child’s diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment pathway. 

Imparting of knowledge by way of findings and evidence-based treatment recommendations, promotes the avoidance of misdiagnosis and misinformation, ultimately prioritising the best outcome for the patient.

Collaborative framework

At LBF we work collaboratively with many health professionals to ensure the best patient outcomes may be achieved. Our podiatrists have a close relationship with many paediatric specialists including: physiotherapists, occupational therapists, exercise physiologists, rheumatologists, paediatricians and more.

LBF podiatrists prioritise the individual’s wholistic wellbeing and utilise a multidisciplinary approach toward treatment regimes.

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