Children and Orthotics
Children with foot problems are brought in to the office by their parents to see Kidsnmotion Podiatrists. Many times their complaints include their children are not running or participating in activities. Sometimes children complain of aches and pains, even after taking a couple steps of walking. The Podiatrist is able to evaluate children and see how they are walking. In most instances we can see what the problem is through an evaluation, but there are times when he will need to perform x-rays, and other testing, to get to the root of the issue.
Sometimes with the proper shoes, or the proper orthotic inserts, exercises, issues with walking can improve tremendously. Orthotics can help correct your child’s abnormal foot position and eliminate pain that comes with walking.
Conditions Treated with Pediatric Orthotics Include:
- Flatfoot – can cause awkward gait, cramping and pain in your child’s foot.
- Sever’s Disease – can cause your child’s heel to become inflamed, swelling, pain and stiffness.
- Metatarsus Adductus – happens when the front of your child’s foot points inward while the heel remains in its natural position. It often happens in infants from their feet being bent while in the womb.
How Orthotics Can Help Children
Orthotics for children can help with the treatment of foot deformities. It’s important for a child’s feet to be checked as soon as an issue arises. If there is a need for orthotics then they should be fitted for your child after they start waking. Having orthotics will help stabilize your child’s foot. An orthotic for children can be inserted into your child’s shoe, and will more than likely need to be replaced as the foot grows. As for how long a child will need to wear an orthotic depends on the seriousness of the condition.
Other ways orthotics can help children, they include:
- Helps reduce pain and cramping in your child’s knees, feet or legs.
- Can eliminate the need for bracing or corrective surgery.
- Helps reduce heel pain and prevent limping.
- Helps improve your child’s gait or stride.
- Sports activity will be easier for your child as they won’t have to deal with pain or cramps.
If your child is complaining of foot pain, or pain while performing activities, set-up an appointment with The Podiatrist at Kidsnmotion. We will give your child a thorough examination and will help identify the cause of the pain.
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