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.
Orthotics for a flat foot or in-toeing:
In cases of flat foot (poor development of the longitudinal arch) and in-toeing, children usually benefit from an orthotics evaluation. 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. 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. This is particularly true 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.
There are many different brands of over-the-counter shoe insert orthotics available. Look for info in upcoming blog!