Last week we started to dispel the myth that orthotics are just for senior citizens. Don’t get me wrong – orthotics can certainly help seniors to improve their balance and foot comfort – but they can also help athletes!
For athletes, constantly improving their function and form is crucial to achieve winning results. In cases where an athlete or highly active individual has an abnormal walking or “gait” pattern, orthotics may provide assistance.
Contrary to what some might think, orthotics are not just for grandparents. They are useful devices for people with diabetes and arthritis and in supporting foot wound care; but orthotics aren’t just for old people. Orthotics can help people of all ages – even children!
As children grow, many will experience minor leg aches and some soreness. This is considered “growing pains”, a normal part of childhood and oftentimes does not seem to faze the child, parent or physician. However, some children experience true pain. Often after a day of high activity, a child may experience sharp, nagging and/or deep pain in the shins, calves and/or thighs. This pain often presents itself at night. Children wake up from sleep or have difficulty falling asleep, crying because of the pain. Parents are then left to console their child with leg rubs, hot packs and pain medication. By morning, the child often feels better, but in some cases, they feel stiff until they get moving.