Foot Screening Assessments
Just as you get an annual dental health check its important if there are any concerns, to get your child assessed early in life before their adult foot forms.
Laxity (increased stretch) in a child’s ligaments can be a genetic predisposition and can contribute to your child’s flexible flat feet and appearance of “clumsiness ” with activity. A simple screening test can score your child and determine whether they have any connective tissue conditions.
Growth Plate Pain
Heel pain (Sever’s Disease) and Knee pain (OsGoodschlatter’s Disease) is common in active children as their growth plates are still cartilaginous. Early treatment and detection of rotational issues in the foot and leg can allow them to continue with their sport and be free from foot pain and knee pain.
Whether it be a habit or there be an underlying medical condition: It’s essential to have this checked.
Intoeing (Pigeon Toed)
Walking with the feet curved in instead of pointing straight ahead can be caused by; poor alignment at the hip (femoral torsion); internal rotation of the leg bone (internal tibial torsion) or in the foot itself (metatarsus adductus). It can result from a baby being in a cramped position in the womb or from tight swaddling of babies which can affect their hip joint development. It’s important to have this assessed early, to prevent symptoms later in adulthood.
Flexible Flat Feet
Keeping active feet happy can be hard with inherited flat feet as the leg and foot muscles have to work harder and fatigue to try and stabilise a flat foot. Sometimes kids don’t realise that this feeling is not normal. This can be interpreted as “laziness” or being “whingey” as they don’t want to walk any further, when really, they simply may just need a little support in their shoe to make waking and running easier.