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Orthotics for children – are they a good Idea?

25 January 2011 - posted by Rebecca Gifford

The use of orthotics for children is a highly controversial subject that is rarely agreed upon by medical practitioners. The general consensus in New Zealand is that orthotics should only be used for children when symptoms related to foot and leg function are evident i.e. Osgood Schlatters (anterior knee pain). This is because children are still growing and developing and they may simply outgrow any concerns. However, often there are symptoms other than pain. Parents bring their children in to our clinic as they are concerned about their child excessively tripping or walking funny, these issues often resolve as the child ages however intervention from a podiatrist can help them successfully progress to this stage.

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