Unlike adults, kids grow every day, so some may think that kids do not need orthotics. Some think that it is only a matter of time, or that orthotics may affect their growth negatively. But the fact is that in some cases kids need orthotics.
What is orthotics?
An orthotic is anything that supports an arm, leg, or spine. They might be shoe supports or inserts, or they can be in the form of a back brace. Orthotics help correct an abnormal or irregular walking pattern. They are often used to treat various conditions of the foot and ankle.
Do kids need orthotics?
In fact, your kid may need orthotics. Certain musculoskeletal disorders in children are common and require early management to prevent the condition from worsening. The podiatrist will perform a complete biomechanical examination and gait analysis to find out the cause of the pain or if there is a gait abnormality. Then the doctor can determine the most effective treatment option for your kid.
For example, kids need it in cases of gait abnormalities. Heel pain is also one of the most common problems among growing kids who play sports. Physical activity, especially jumping, affects the growth centers of the heels, irritating them and being painful with pressure from side to side. Often the kid will need reduced activity and orthoses to relieve pain episodes.
Orthotics are a treatment option for Sever’s disease, which is a fairly common medical condition among kids between the ages of 8 and 15. Sever’s disease is more common in kids who frequently engage in sports that stress the heel.
Orthotics can be helpful for kids in some cases, but it is important to consult with a doctor to determine if they are necessary.
How do I get orthotic devices for my kid?
The podiatrist at Health and Style Medical Center will determine whether or not your kid needs orthotics. Choosing insoles designed specifically for your kid’s condition is better than ready-made or over-the-counter insoles. The doctor uses a plaster or foam cast of your kid’s foot to create a mold that fits him.
At Health and Style Medical Center, we work to meet the unique needs of every kid. You can rest assured that your kid will receive individual attention and high-quality care from our orthopedic experts.