At Enable Orthotics we understand how important it is to get any medical treatment right first time for your child. Especially when they are in pain or having issues with mobility.

Having worked within pediatric services in specialist orthopedic and pediatric hospitals Emma has extensive experience in the orthotic management of routine and complex orthotic treatments for children.

If you are unsure if your child would benefit from orthotics please contact the Orthotist to discuss or book an appointment through the booking page.

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Childrens Foot Orthotics

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“My child has flat feet. Does he or she need insoles?”

This is a very common question that arises in an Orthotics clinic. The answer is – it depends.

The main arch in the foot does not fully develop until the ages of 10-12 years old. Therefore it is normal for a young childs foot to display a flattening of the arch when standing. Providing the child is not complaining of reoccurring pain, there is no history of foot problems in the family and the foot posture looks the same on both feet there is not normally a need for Foot Orthotics.

How ever if a child is complaining of reoccurring pain in their feet, knees, legs or lower back this could be a sign of a bio-mechanical problem which may benefit from the use of a functional Foot Orthotics (insoles) to manage symptoms.

Common medical conditions in children that may require a Functional Foot Orthotics

  • Severs disease
  • Osgood-Schlatters disease
  • Downs Syndrome
  • Hyper Mobility
  • Toe walking
  • Bunions (Hallux Valgus)
  • Reoccurring pain in feet, ankles, or legs
  • Reoccurring ankle sprains

Childrens Ankle Foot Orthotics

Ankle foot Orthoses (AFOs) are commonly prescribed for children with medical conditions such as cerebral palsy or Spina Bifida. AFOs are normally prescribed to improve gait and maintain range of motion in the foot and ankle joint.

AFOs are commonly prescribed within the NHS. However some parents may chose to have AFO prescribed privately to avoid waiting times or to have slim line carbon fiber AFOs which are not always readily available on the NHS.

Some parents may also chose to see a private Orthotist to seek a second opinion on their child’s AFOs to ensure what they have currently from the NHS is the best option for them.

The Benefits of an Ankle Foot Orthosis include:

  • Prevent foot drop
  • Increased stability
  • Improvement in knee and hip alignment
  • Maintain range of motion in ankle joint
  • Prevent contractures of the calf muscles