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Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Custom Orthotics for Kids With Flexible Flat Feet

Flexible flat feet in children, also known as pediatric flatfoot, is a condition where the arch of the foot collapses upon standing but reappears when sitting or on tiptoes. This common condition often resolves with age, but in some cases, intervention is necessary. Custom orthotics are specially designed shoe inserts tailored to an individual's foot structure. For children with flexible flat feet, these orthotics provide support to the arch, enhance foot alignment, and reduce strain on muscles and ligaments. They can alleviate pain and prevent potential future issues related to improper foot mechanics. The duration for wearing custom orthotics varies, often spanning several months to years, depending on the severity of the condition and the child's growth. Continuous monitoring and adjustments ensure optimal benefits. For personalized advice and to determine if custom orthotics are appropriate for your child, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Franklin Harry, DPM from Best Foot Forward. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Festus and St. Louis, MO . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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