Sometimes your body, including your feet, needs a little help and support to function normally and without pain.
After all, that’s why you wear glasses when you have vision issues, or hearing aids when you have hearing issues. Tools can help your body do what it was designed to do properly and effectively. That’s the same reason people use custom orthotics for their feet.
Considerations When Prescribing Orthotics for Children
Orthotics are not just for adults; they can be an effective treatment for children, too.
In a general sense, orthotics for kids work very much like they do for adults, and for the same reasons: pain comes from the foot structure or motion being misaligned, and the orthotics provide the necessary correction or accommodation to eliminate the discomfort.
However, there are extra considerations when children are concerned.
Most notably, kids are still growing. In fact, it may take until age 5-7 for a child’s skeleton to “unwind” fully from its uterine position (this is why many children start out walking with toes pointed slightly inward, which often self-corrects over time). A child’s bones also remain relatively soft until they stop growing by the middle to late teens.
Unfortunately, this means that, while an adult may be able to use the same custom orthotic for several years with good care, children will need their inserts carefully monitored and replaced much more frequently.
In general, most kids will not need orthotics before about age 6, as many early childhood foot issues—such as flexible flatfeet and in-toeing—are often painless and tend to be self-correcting by that age.
However, if biomechanical issues persist as the child gets older, and those issues are causing pain, discomfort, gait problems, and/or struggles with walking or running properly, orthotics can lead to a significant improvement in function.
How to Get Custom Orthotics
Because custom inserts are prescribed to fit your unique needs, there is a process to crafting them.
First, as in any case, Dr. Birnbaum must thoroughly evaluate your feet, foot structure, and gait. We must be certain that we know what exactly is causing your problems before we can make any recommendations.
If it is determined that custom orthotics would greatly benefit your situation, and you agree to them, we then work on your prescription.
Our team will take measurements and foot casts to get the correct shape. From there, a pair of custom orthotic inserts is created exactly to that shape, with an exact amount of support and corrective materials as prescribed.
When ready, the inserts are then fitted to make sure they were designed correctly. Occasionally, some minor adjustments may be needed during this time.
Find the Right Solutions to Your Foot and Ankle Pain
Whether you use orthotics—and what kind—depends on your unique feet and needs. These special insoles are designed to alleviate discomfort so you can enjoy life without foot pain.
If you’re struggling with sore feet or chronic conditions like heel pain, custom orthotics might be the answer you’re looking for. Let Brook Valley Podiatry help you take care of your own or your loved ones’ feet today.