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Are orthotics only for adults? Of course not. Children can benefit from these medical devices, too. At Clark Podiatry Center, we understand foot pain and walking challenges can impact everyone, including our youngest patients. Dr. Brandon A. Macy regularly provides parents with suggestions for pediatric foot concerns. Custom children’s orthotics are among those solutions.

Here are answers to commonly asked questions:

Will my child’s foot pain eventually go away?

We have all heard the term “growing pains.” Unfortunately, this term is a myth when it comes to pain that accompanies development. Here’s a fact: Pain isn’t normal. There are also visible signs parents should not ignore, from in-toeing to limping.

Can I delay treatment a bit longer?

Parents should not dismiss children’s foot pain or discomfort. The solution could be as simple as a bigger shoe size. Discomfort may also be a sign of something that requires a visit to the podiatrist. By delaying treatment, you are putting your child’s future foot health at risk. For example, foot deformities such as flat feet may result in additional deformities or even arthritis.


Why should I choose custom orthotics?

Your little one’s feet are changing every day, and this means a one-size-fits-all approach won’t be the solution for improving their gait or the discomfort they may feel. The benefit of prescription orthotics is they are customized to fit your child’s feet. The podiatrist has taken detailed measurements and assessed the best way to provide correction and relief.  

Remember, there are various stages of your child’s development. Make sure they have the proper support every step of the way. At Clark Podiatry Center, Dr. Brandon A. Macy, a board-certified podiatrist, treats various conditions such as heel pain, diabetic wounds, bunions, nerve pain, and more. The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of Clark Podiatry Center. We provide exceptional service for patients in Union County. Contact our office at (732) 382-3470 or schedule an appointment online. Our office is at 1114 Raritan Road, Clark, NJ 07066.

Kids grow fast. You check their shoes for one month, but it’s time for another pair a few months later. It is common with children and a great sign of development. If overlooked, it can lead to periods of discomfort simply because of the wrong shoe size. Each year around this time, the team at Clark Podiatry Center supports parents as they prepare for another Back to School Season. While things will look quite different this year, let’s not lose focus on noticing discomfort and learning when to size up.

What might happen if my child wears shoes that are too small?

In addition to discomfort, children will also be more likely to develop ingrown toenails. Also, excessive friction between your child’s feet and shoes may lead to blisters, corns, and calluses that can later become painful. Lastly, children need wiggle room as their feet continue to grow. Let their feet develop naturally and without restriction.

I’m going to guess a half-size up. Is that OK?

Every child develops differently, so it’s best to get their specific measurements. You may compare their growth to yours as a child and put them in the wrong size. Guessing with your eyes is also not a safe assumption. If possible, get your child’s feet professionally measured and always try on shoes before making a purchase.

What about orthotics?

Remember, we customize orthotics. It means that each pair is just for your child and based on specific measurements. Don’t try to use orthotics for another pair of shoes; instead, schedule an appointment with us so we can provide the best recommendations. Orthotics for children are helpful with correcting issues like flat fleet or in-toeing.

Questions or concerns about shoe sizes? We’re here to help. We understand if you’re not ready to come into our office, so telemedicine appointments are available. We are also now open four days a week for all podiatry appointments. Call us at (732) 382-3470 or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Brandon A. Macy, a board-certified podiatrist. The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of Clark Podiatry Center.

 



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