Orthotics may be suggested as a solution if your child’s knee, ankle or foot needs support, movement correction, or realignment. Orthotics (or orthoses) are custom-made and fitted to ensure that joints are stabilised and the stress and pain of misalignment is reduced.
What types of Orthotics are available?
Orthotics are designed to correct muscular or skeletal misalignment. If your child is experiencing weakness of the ankle or knee, they may be prescribed Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFOs) or Knee Ankle Foot Orthoses (KAFOs).
Functional Electrical Stimulation Orthoses (FES) are used to correct central nervous conditions like foot drop. FES uses support combined with electrical stimulation to trigger nerves to activate. This can be used to correct walking gait, improve mobility and help children to be more confident on their feet.
Are Orthotics right for your child?
If your child is experiencing pain, reduced mobility or loss of confidence in movement; it’s important to visit your Podiatrist at Kids ‘n Motion so that they can correctly identify the cause.
Your Podiatrist at Kids ‘n Motion will assess your child and identify whether orthotics are appropriate, and if so, which type will provide the best support. This will include measuring your child’s joint range, muscle strength and spasticity. Orthotics can be custom-made to perfectly fit your child for maximum comfort.
Orthotics provide a quick and easy-to-manage solution for children who need extra support as their joints and muscles grow. Contact The Podiatrist at Kids ‘n Motion today and find out if Orthotics could benefit your child.