Orthotics and Kids – Does my child need Orthotics?
Children can be affected by poor biomechanics just as adults and can result in lower limb and foot problems.
If your child is suffering from foot pain it may come be time to see a Chiropodist to assess what is causing the pain and if custom orthotics will help. Heel Pain may be caused by Severs disease. Knee pain in children could be Osgood-Schlatter’s disease, and Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis can also be causing foot pain.
Orthotics are custom foot support devices that may be as simple as an insert worn in your child’s shoe, to a full-leg brace. Some orthotics are worn during the day and during all regular activities. Other orthotic devices are designed to be worn only during the night.
The type of orthotic your child needs, and when and how they will wear it will depend on your child’s orthopedic condition and developmental abilities. Because children grow rapidly, orthotics may need to be replaced at least twice a year.
Assessment for Children
Orthotics for a flat foot or in-toeing:
Children do not usually need custom orthotics until about the age of 6. If a child is still not developing a normal arch at that point, or if in-toeing persists, orthotics may be needed.
In cases of flat foot (poor development of the longitudinal arch) and in-toeing, children usually benefit from an orthotics evaluation with a Chiropodist. Some children who walk on their toes have tight calves and may benefit from night splints to stretch out their calves. It is typical for children to have flat feet. This may happen when the child is involved in athletics and sports activities. In these cases, custom-made orthotic support for the arches can improve gait and running performance significantly. Biomechanical issues could lead to injury and pain.
Danielle Willis is our Chiropodist and has been providing chiropody treatments in Stoney Creek and Hamilton for over 16 years.
We help kids and create custom orthotics of every shape imaginable.
Danielle Willis, Chiropodist