Treating Childhood Gait Abnormalities
When a gait problem is not showing signs of receding, we must first determine whether it is affecting your child in a negative way.
For example, a number of people end up having flat feet into adulthood, but it does not always cause them any discomfort or hinder their ability to move or run in any noticeable way. If there are no symptoms, further treatment may not be necessary.
But whenever there is pain, discomfort, impediment of mobility and other symptoms, they should always be addressed sooner than later. Conservative forms of treatment often yield substantial results, especially when started as early as possible. Aspects of a conservative treatment plan might include:
- The use of custom orthotics to shift excess weight and force away from overstressed areas.
- Stretches and exercises to better condition affected muscles, ligaments and other soft tissues.
- Changes in footwear.
- Use of braces or splints.
In uncommon cases, a condition may be so severe or progressed that surgery may be required. This is only considered when it is clear that conservative treatments will not have the effects we are looking for.
Should surgery be a consideration, we will fully discuss all the ins and outs of it with you and answer any questions you may have. It’s always important that we ensure you can make the most well-informed and confident decisions for your child’s treatment moving forward.
Walking Toward a Bright Future
You shouldn’t have to fret over every step your child takes during his or her formative years. By keeping a steady watch over things, however, we can catch potential worries early and ensure they don’t grow into something worse.
If you live in the greater Sacramento area and seeking foot and ankle help for your child (or anyone in your family, at that), give us a call at (916) 961-3434 to schedule an appointment at either of our offices in Carmichael or Roseville. If you prefer to reach out to us electronically instead, simply fill out our online contact form and a member of our staff will respond to you during our standard office hours.