Will Custom Orthotics help my Kids Flat Feet?
Don’t let your child’s flat feet get you down; the condition can be corrected, if treated early by a foot specialist.
Mechanical foot problems are the reason 50 percent of parents have their kid’s feet checked. Eighty percent of these kids have flat feet.
A flat foot means the foot is unstable and has a collapsed arch. If left untreated over time, it can cause the leg to rotate inward. This can lead to joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments become strained and overworked, which can lead to lower back and knee problems. It is good to catch it early.
It’s normal for babies to have flat feet. From the time they start to walk until age 10, the foot and ankle bones are developing and the arch is forming. In normal development, the foot grows bigger after age 10, but if there is a problem with the structure a foot specialist can correct the condition better if caught early, starting at age three.
It is important to know what to look for so you can treat it at the onset. Most often two to five-year-old’s won’t complain of pain, but they might rub their leg or shin area, as these muscles control the foot.
Walking with correct posture
Watch your children to see if they are walking typically or if they appear unstable when they walk or run. Also, see if their shoes are wearing out in a strange pattern. As kids get older, they will weigh more, be involved in more sports, and discomfort may occur which they may tell you if they are having foot and leg pain.
Time to see a specialist. They will watch your child walk. Feel your child’s feet and legs and check their shoes.
Depending on the severity of flat-footedness, your foot specialist may recommend a progressive series of corrective treatments. In younger kids, parents will be asked to ensure their child avoids going barefoot on hard surfaces, such as wood, concrete or tile.
Your chiropodist will recommend buying kids footwear that has Velcro, rubber soles and a hard back to ensure proper support.
In some cases, a custom orthotic will be created. A complete weight bearing and non-weight bearing biomechanical exam with the gain analysis is the first step necessary for an effective custom orthotic prescription. Based on this information, a 3-dimensional impression or cast of the foot is completed and used during the custom manufacturing process.
Parkway Foot and Back Clinic will help you with you decide the right way to go for your kids flat feet and get them walking and running with proper posture and no pain.