Orthotics for Children
You care for your childrens teeth, eyes, and other parts of the body. You teach washing, brushing, and grooming. But what do you do about your childs developing feet which have to carry the entire weight of their body through a lifetime? Many adult foot conditions originate in childhood, and some are present at birth. Neglecting a child’s foot health invites problems in other parts of the body, such as the ankle, knees, hips and back. Periodic professional assessments of your child's feet and lower legs can minimize these conditions in later life. Have your child's feet examined by our certified chiropodist/foot care specialist if you notice one or more of the following issues:
- your child often complains of foot or leg pain
- your child walks awkwardly (pigeon-toed) or trips frequently
- excessive shoe wear
- an arch doesn’t form when on tiptoe
- your child's toes turn under or overlap
- ingrown toe nails
- athletes foot
- flat feet
- in-toeing or out-toeing
- your child walks on tippy toes
- curved feet or legs
- knocked knees
- bow legs
- foot or ankle injuries or trauma
- fungal infections
A child's growth and development should not be a painful process; soreness and cramping in a child's feet and legs are not normal. Often parents are told that their child may grow out of the condition they experience, and this may sometimes be true, but reassurance from the chiropodist/foot care specialist at Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre can go a long way in easing parents concern. Our thorough and individually tailored bio-mechanical examination of your child's feet may detect an underlying defect or condition which may require immediate treatment or consultation with another specialist.
Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre's Hamilton and Brantford locations employ the use of gait scan technology to assess and analyze your child's feet. The results of the analysis, combined with our chiropodists/foot care specialists extensive experience, permits us to successfully detect abnormal foot function which may be affecting your child's feet and other areas of their body. Gait scan technology records the timing sequences as your child walks or runs, enabling our practitioner to gain a concise analysis of their foot mechanics, and decide if they would benefit from wearing custom made orthotics. Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre's gait scan technology will scan your child's foot to capture its distribution of pressure, map the pressure to determine where there is too much or too little, and prints a report which assists our chiropodist/foot care specialist in evaluating your child's foot function and determining if it is the source of their problem.
Our hand crafted and designed custom foot orthotics for children are exceptionally well made and significantly superior to those of our competitors. Used to help realign the foot, distribute body weight evenly, and maintain proper foot support, our custom orthotics for children are made of plastic and must be refitted as your child grows older. For additional information on our custom made childrens orthotics, please contact Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre today!