So many parents are coming into the office with questions about how their children walk. I make sure to put the whole family at ease with a thorough gait analysis so we can pinpoint any defaults in the way a child walks. This is critical because if we can catch some of these naturally occurring problems early, we can preclude the need for interventions down the road!
Often, children (and even toddlers!) will present with ‘flatfeet’. Up to about the age of 6, flat feet can be normal for walking children. But no matter the foot type, pain in the feet is never okay!
Many times children will need a pair of custom orthotics to correct their gait and help alleviate the symptoms. With growing feet comes another problem – orthotics can last an adult foot between 2-5 years, but kids can sometimes outgrow them in as little as 6 months! What can we do?
At Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates, we have instituted our very own Orthotic Outgrowth Policy. It’s an insurance policy that parents with children up to the age of 13 (adult feet are usually present at this age) can purchase for 3 years – for only $99 in addition to the cost of the original pair of orthotics. By purchasing the policy, you can have as many new pairs of orthotics custom made, as needed, over that three year period for only $99 per pair! Without the Orthotic Outgrowth Policy, each new pair would originally costs $599! You can even extend your policy after the three years for another premium of $99, as long as your child is still meeting the age requirements.
Why is this so great? Now you can get the custom function that your child needs without spending all those flex dollars every 6 to 12 months! If your child has foot pain, please make an appointment today – we can help get those little feet moving again in no time!