M.J. asks from Mountain View, CA on July 03, 2009
3 Yr Old Needs Orthotics for Pronation
At my son's 3-year-old check up, his pediatrician noticed that his flat feet were not gaining arches and his left ankle was rolling in even more than his right. She recommended a podiatrist. We saw the specialist who upon examination recommended "at the very least" to get orthotics. He stated that the bones in his foot were underdeveloped and between the ages of 3 and 6 years are the best time to try to correct the growth. My son does not have any pain and can walk and run and play just fine right now. The podiatrist said that if the orthotics were not sucessful, they could try a procedure that adds a spacer in between the bones on the outside of the ankle to keep the ankle from rolling in. They would cost us ~$100 (insurance covers %80) and it seems like the orthotics would be good for 2 shoes sizes of growth. My husband declined the orthotics as he did not find any data suggesting that they would help. Or any evidence that this pronation leads to foot problems as an adult...He wants to wait 1 more year to see how his feet develop and watch for any signs of pain. Anyone else have this diagnosis and/or have any evidence of orthotics making a difference in a toddler's foot growth?
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C.S. answers from Sacramento on July 05, 2009
I have a different situation but an amazing result. My son's feet roll as well. And the therapists say that he needs braces for years! ugh.
BUT I took him to a muscle therapist last week and in one visit she straightened out his legs and feet and is standing perfectly!
We are so excited and amazed that how an over tight muscle can throw everything off.
Just a thought.
H.J. answers from San Francisco on July 05, 2009
My brother and I both wore orthotics as children. My feet were corrected and have never caused a problem. My brothers have never been "normal" but it seems that it has only been a real problem for him when he was doing very competitive sports, like football. I hope this might help you!
H.D. answers from San Francisco on July 03, 2009
At the very least I would check with a podiatrist. If this is something that will have long lasting affects and/or pain for my son I would pay $1000 if I had to, but I think it is worthwhile to have an expert give you the real facts. I don't think your husband is an expert...no offense to him.
J.H. answers from Salinas on July 04, 2009
We're going through the same thing with my nine year old daughter. Due to expense, and rapid foot growth, we are going to use over the counter pads until she reaches maturity. I have an appt. in Morgan Hill at the Foot Solutions store to get her fitted for arch support - true they will not be as good as a custom one, but I'm hopoing with a well built shoe and support, it will get her through - if not, we will go to a custom support, but are going to try this first.
J.E. answers from San Francisco on July 04, 2009
If you want a different opinion, take your son to a chiropractor and find out how his back and spine are being affected. Although your son may not know enough to know what's normal, a chiro will be able to tell if the spine is aligned properly.
Kenny Family Chiropractic in Danville (http://www.kennychiro.com/) and Dr. Handloff in Capitola (http://capitolachiropractor.com/index.php/chiropractorsan...) are the two Dr.s I'm familiar with and both are great with kids. (Dr. Handloff is my cousin :) and I am a current patient with Dr. Kenny)
E.B. answers from Sacramento on July 04, 2009
When my daughter was 2 yrs, she wore AFO's (ankle/foot orthotics) for five months before she out grew them. They were a HUGE help with her ankles and foot development. We got them from Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics and our insurance helped with the cost. We also got strong, stable tennis shoes designed for the AFO's.
If you decide not to get orthotics, then make sure you spend the money are really good shoes. Don't get cheap shoes from Walmart. Go to a specialty shoe store or Stride Rite, at least. Folsom Outlet mall has a Stride Rite store with great deals.
W.E. answers from Sacramento on July 03, 2009
I would highly recommend investing the time to take him to sacramento to the Shriner's Hospital there. all treatment is free, and they are experts. their number is ###-###-#### my son wears an orthotic lift in his right shoe and it has done wonders for the way he walks, runs, and maintains balance. he was born with a club foot on the right and has had several surgeries at shriners and in the last two years has been wearing the lift as his ankle really needed the support even though he said his ankle didnt bother him and he could run, etc okay. it would be worth the drive to get an expert opinion. good luck !!
R.M. answers from San Francisco on July 04, 2009
I have two athletic kids in their teens with foot problems. I don't know if having had orthotics when they were toddlers would have helped, but I'm guessing it would have. All three of my kids wear orthotics now (and have for over 5 years). The orthotics have been incredibly important in helping prevent back pain, leg pain, foot pain and injury. I wish I'd started them younger.
M.L. answers from Redding on July 04, 2009
At the very least, I would get him into some very sturdy shoes with excellent support. Now. He has only got a couple of years where you can easily correct this problem. Even if it isn't painful now he may have other problems later in life so you want to do everything you can now to correct this while you can so there are no regrets later.
S.B. answers from San Francisco on July 04, 2009
I recently took my 22 month old to a podiatrist because I noticed her feet were flat and pronated. She gets it from both sides of the family and I know what problems my husband and my aunt have had with their feet (her feet look just like my aunt's). She has been wearing orthotics about 7 weeks now. It's too soon to see a difference. My feeling is that I want to treat this problem as soon as possible and hopefully be able to correct it before she gets very old and in to sports and such. I've had a bit of a difficult time finding summer shoes for her to wear them easily in, but her tennis shoes are perfect and she has not complained at all. The podiatrist suggested putting velcro in her shoes, which has helped keep them in place when putting them on, but she is still able to pull them out.