Children with flat feet may develop symptoms such as pain or poor balance. Often this is in conjunction with being very active playing sports or being on their feet for long periods. The pain is most commonly in the arch, heel or knees. Well fitting orthotics can alleviate the symptoms without the need for length periods of rest or avoiding sports
- Heel pain
- Accessory navicular
- Arch pain
- Patellofemoral pain syndrome
Cerebral palsy (CP)
Children with CP often have difficulty walking due to muscle weakness, tightness, spasticity or a combination of these. Ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) can be used to improve foot positioning, gait efficiency, mobility or prevent muscle tightening. As well as providing the necessary support it is essential that they are comfortable and can fit into footwear without being too bulky. We pay close attention to detail in making sure we get the balance right between support, comfort and being low profile. This ensures greater compliance of children wearing them and parents find it easier to get footwear that fits.
Children who have undergone Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) often require support that is carefully designed to allow an optimal gait pattern at the same time being flexible to promote strengthening.
We work closely with paediatric Orthopaedic Consultants and Physiotherapists who have an expertise in treating children with cerebral palsy. We are more than happy for you to bring your therapist along to your appointment.