Orthotics, typically associated with seniors or athletes, offer benefits for individuals of all ages, including children. Custom orthotics provide essential support for arches, treat various foot conditions, alleviate general foot pain, and prevent future injuries. Children can significantly benefit from orthotics as they provide a sturdy foundation for developing feet. Timely evaluation and intervention are important for children with foot problems, as their feet grow faster than the rest of their bodies. Orthotics are not recommended for children under 3 years old as many common concerns, such as flat feet or misalignment, tend to resolve naturally during early development. However, signs such as abnormal gait, excessive shoe wear, frequent falls, pain, or deformities may warrant orthotic consultation. Orthotics serve as guides, aiding children in their development by correcting alignment, posture, and balance issues while reducing muscle fatigue. These devices are used to gently realign the foot biomechanically, leading to improved foot function and symptom relief. For active children or those involved in sports, timely orthotic intervention is essential to address gait and mobility issues. Children's orthotics should be replaced every 18 to 24 months due to rapid foot growth. If you suspect your child may benefit from orthotics, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss the potential.
If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact one of our podiatrists from Palm Beach Foot & Ankle. Our doctors 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.
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.
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 Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, and West Palm Beach, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.