Orthotic devices are shoe inserts that are intended to improve stability and alignment during walking, running and playing. They also can provide positioning for children who are not able to walk or are in the process of learning to walk. But how do you know if your child would benefit from orthotic support?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, orthotics may be beneficial for your child. Incorrect foot alignment can cause foot, leg, knee, hip and back pain, youth sports injuries, awkward walking or running pattern, poor balance and coordination and toe walking.
By using the correct orthotic devices, proper foot alignment can be achieved, resulting in increased balance, coordination and decreased pain. If you believe your child would benefit from orthotic support or if you would like your child evaluated for orthotics, please contact us to discuss your concerns.
Author Kirsten Gibson, B-Tech (tut)
Founder, Director and Senior Orthotist Prosthetist at Gibson Orthotics.
Vice Chair of The South African Orthotic Prosthetic Association.
Kirsten Gibson owner and founder of Gibson Orthotics is a passionate O & P Clinician with notable experience in Paediatrics and Lymphology. Actively involved in Improving patient and professionals knowledge on the subjects of O & P.