Children are sometimes given orthotics to treat flatfoot or walking disorders such as in-toeing or out-toeing. These devices are intended to help protect the foot and leg during growth and development of the bones and joints.
Toddlers generally do well with pre-fabricated devices which work well during their rapid growth. In many situations their foot alignment improves with time as their foot matures.
In children that are 6 years and older that have painful foot symptoms should have a detailed evaluation. In many cases custom orthotics are a first line of treatment.
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