Flat feet are relatively normal from birth to about two years of age, as the arch doesn’t start to develop until a child starts walking. Even after that, the soles of a child’s feet may look flat, but this does not necessarily indicate a problem.
Children with low tone tend to walk late because their feet and ankles are in poor alignment and their toes often claw at the ground for stability, causing their feet to tire quickly. Pronation in children with low tone does not sporadically improve, however it can be managed with a good pair of Orthotics.
These Supra - Malleolar Orthotics are designed to support the feet and ankles, resisting the excessive pronation or flattening of the foot whist children walk. This can be beneficial to patients as it assists in creating a stable base of support for standing, cruising and walking. By doing so we improve stability in the lower limbs and thus improve the patients balance.
By supporting your childs feet you are enabling your child to focus on the things that really matter - Play!
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.