Foot health is sometimes ignored and doing so can lead to some bigger issues down the line. Neglecting your foot health can lead to problems and ongoing issues in the legs and lower back which can become very painful if left untreated.
It’s imperative to take note of how your child’s foot is forming and developing as they age. Foot orthotics can help correct any emerging issues that your child might be suffering from.
If you’ve noticed any of the following, your child should be assessed by a podiatrist in case they need orthotics:
If you’re feeling one or more of the following symptoms, it’s time you saw your podiatrist….
Children are tough! And, depending on their age, some children may not be old enough to articulate their pain in a way that makes sense to you. So, here’s a few things to look out for if you suspect your child may be suffering from flat feet;
Also, when helping them to change their shoes, look out for:
Children as young as 1 year old are eligible to wear orthotics. However, this is considered a very rare occurrence. The biggest milestone to really keep an eye on is once they turn two-years-old. If your child isn’t walking by then, then a podiatrist should assess them.
There are many different types of orthotics available including off-the-shelf, mid-range and custom made. Once the podiatrist has performed an assessment and discussed the most suitable option then the orthotics can be fitted in 1 to 2 weeks. It is recommended that your child returns one month after wearing them for a follow-up assessment.
At Cannington Podiatry, we like to provide parents with the comfort of choice. That being said, custom foot orthotics (also known as total contact orthotics) are the most effective at hugging the arches of your child’s feet. Custom foot orthotics are custom made to suit their individual foot, evenly distributing weight-bearing forces across the whole foot.
Your child will be more likely to suffer from the same problems if there is a family history. Unfortunately, foot problems such as flat feet can be hereditary and are likely to be passed down. In this instance, if you do know of these problems in your family, it’s best to have your child assessed for the same issues.
For any information on orthotics or for any other foot-related queries, get in touch with Colin at Cannington Podiatry today!