Traverse City Orthotics for Adolescents

Orthotics can make a huge difference for children who have abnormalities in the positioning of their feet.
Each child’s condition may be slightly different, but a podiatrist will be able to diagnose what is causing the abnormal foot position. Children with foot problems may walk with an unusual gait, their toes may point inward noticeably and they may complain frequently of pain and muscle cramps. They will not have the same endurance as other children and will suffer when they try to keep up. Fortunately custom orthotics can correct many of these challenges. In Traverse City, orthotics are made available by Teter Orthotics & Prosthetics.

What Exactly Are Custom Orthotics?

Custom orthotics are specially designed arch supports, which are different from generic foot inserts you can buy at a pharmacy. At Teter Orthotics & Prosthetics in Traverse City orthotics are specially created for each child to correct each individual’s unique needs. These custom made inserts ensure the foot is in a more normal position, thereby eliminating extra pressure on the child’s developing bones, joints and muscles.

Custom-made orthotics are created to change the angle of the way the foot is placed when standing, walking or running. This makes standing more comfortable and movement more efficient with less strain on other parts of the body, such as the knees and back. Choosing to purchase generic arch support inserts or insoles from a drug store instead of custom orthotics, might offer little relief or actually make your child’s problem worse.

Commonly Diagnosed Children’s Foot Problems

There are several conditions that affect Traverse City area pediatric patients that can be corrected with custom-made orthotics. A few include:

Flatfoot – the child’s arch is partially or fully collapsed, which impacts the way the child walks and often causes discomfort with cramps or feelings of pain in the foot or leg – especially the knee

Metatarsus adductus – commonly called pigeon-toe in times gone by, the child’s toes point inward when standing or even moving and may be from the way the feet were positioned before birth

Sever’s disease – the child’s heel is sore and painful, notably stiff and swollen, because the growth plate is inflamed

How Orthotics Help Children

While it may take some children a bit of time and gentle encouragement to adjust to the rigid feeling of custom orthotic inserts in their shoes, the reduction of pain is soon a benefit to even the youngest children. Wearing their tailor-made orthotics will immediately correct any misalingments and provide pain relief and reduce cramping. When problems are corrected early, children benefit from the proper gait and foot positioning while their bones and bodies are growing. In many cases, such as for children with Metatarsus adductus, orthotics are a preventative way of dealing with the issue that can possibly mean the child won’t require braces or surgery later in life to correct the condition.

Problems with foot positioning can also create social strain for children. Others notice if they walk differently or have a peculiar way of walking or running. Suffering from pain or cramping sets them apart from their peers, who don’t have the same discomfort with physical activities while playing or at school. Wearing orthotics is an easy fix that isn’t very noticeable, yet it helps your child participate in all physical activities and organized sports without disruption or pain.

Parents in Traverse City and throughout northern Michigan can visit Teter Orthotics & Prosthetics in Traverse City, for custom orthotics and prosthetics for children and teens. There are also 20 other Teter Orthotics & Prosthetics locations throughout MI including Grand Rapids, Petoskey and Cadillac.