Children’s (Paediatric) Biomechanics
We have been getting many referrals by word of mouth recommendation and from social networking sites such as www.netmums.com or www.facebook.com for parents to bring children to us with biomechanical problems which have by and large gone unnoticed until the child shows painful symptoms. Many are unable to get treatment on the NHS or, are not satisfied with the NHS outcomes or waiting times when this pain occurs.
There is now a proven link in families with a particular foot type which result in the same problems if not checked. Put simply if you, your partner or your respective grandparents have foot, knee, or lower leg problems, that could be your child’s fate in years to come.
The diagnosis and treatment of paediatric conditions requires techniques exclusive to that group. We have enlisted the skills of a Specialist paediatric podiatrist who visits the practice on a regular basis. He has many years experience in this field and lectures on the subject regularly in this country and internationally.
A very common presentation in children is pain in the lower legs and knees. This pain usually occurs an hour or two into the night and can be very distressing for the child. The first thing to know about growing pains is that they are not caused by growing. They are generally caused by over activity in a specific muscle set which lead to night cramps. This common problem is easily rectified with a combination of prescription orthoses and exercise.
This is not so much a condition as a category of conditions. Flat footedness can originate in one of several joints, can be fixed or mobile, and can have a variety of causes. Many of these are entirely benign and require no treatment. Others can be very serious and require immediate treatment.
This is quite a common complaint and usually self resolves. Sometimes, if it does not, it requires intervention. Occasionally it may be a sign of a more serious neurological condition which can require onward referral
This can have a number of causes, some structural others functional. Most are harmless but may require short term treatment to avoid problems with tripping. Others are more serious and require longer term and more complex care and / or onward referral
Severs disease (heel pain)
This is another uniquely paediatric complaint in which the Achilles tendon displaces the growth plate of the heel. The long term prognosis is good, but it is extremely debilitating in the meantime. Treatment for this condition involves a number of elements and can significantly reduce the time needed for this condition to resolve.
Repeatedly tripping and/or falling for no apparent reason.
Repeated “ankle” sprains
These are just some of the things to watch out for with your children which may indicate a biomechanical problem
One last thing, check the wear on your children’s shoes, an excessive wear pattern from the outside of the heel to the inside of the sole should be treated with suspicion.
If any of the forgoing applies to your children, they are all in the main treatable if we can intervene at an early stage preferably when the signs are noticed (the foregoing) and before the symptoms start.
If you are unsure then contact us and we can offer advice and provide an appointment with our specialist if that is what is needed.
We have the latest scanning equipment to help us assess your child’s condition (see scanning pages on this site).