Tips for Parents on Child Orthotics

Are you worried that your child might need orthotics? The Good Foot shop provides some tips for parents on child orthotics and when your child might need them.

What are Orthotics?

Orthotics (also known as orthotic insoles, shoe inserts, or orthoses) are specially fitted, flexible insoles, that correct specific foot imbalances that may causing pain or problems.

Children as young as 2 years of age can start wearing orthotics, however, they should only be ordered at the request of the child’s Family Doctor or from your Podiatrist.

When to Check if your Child needs Orthotics

Some of the following conditions could require orthotic therapy so if you notice any of these in your child have your Family Doctor check for you:

  1. children who either in-toe or out-toe
  2. children who develop foor pain or pain in their ankles, knee’s or legs, especially with walking, general playing, or when active in sports (they may even wake up in the night crying due to pain)
  3. children who are always tripping/falling or have a very awkward gait
  4. “knock-kneed”
  5. significant misalignment of their lower body
  6. very “abnormal wear” patterns on their shoes

Orthotics may only be for a while

Children’s feet develop as they grow, and most children’s feet develop properly, however, some children’s foot structure causes them to fall or develop pain with walking or playing. Many children who start with orthotics at a young age develop enough over time so as not to need them later in life.

Tips provided by The Good Foot Shop, “Get your children’s feet off to the right start at the Good Foot Clinic….”

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  1. Duncan says:

    There are some very good points that you have listed here. I think it’s important that parents make sure they have their children’s feet thoroughly checked out at a podiatrist before any drastic treatment is undertaken.

    For children, I would suggest that custom orthotic insoles be made instead going for the of over-the-counter option. Adults are able to adapt to insoles better, even if it is not a perfect fit.However, children will need the insole to be perfect made according to the unique contours of their feet

    Thanks again,