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Exercise programmes for children

Exercise programmes are specific exercises which are prescribed by a podiatrist or other health care practitioner in the treatment of some paediatric podiatry conditions.

What are exercise programmes?

Exercise programmes are activities prescribed by a podiatrist in order to stretch and strengthen muscles within the foot and ankle that have become weakened due to injury or as the result of disease. An exercise programme can be used to treat a wide range of problems, helping to improve muscles strength and length to improve foot function and prevent any existing problems from developing.

What podiatry related problems can exercise programmes for children help with?

Exercise programmes designed specifically for children can help in the treatment of the following podiatry related conditions:

  • Juvenile arthritis
  • In toeing
  • Out toeing
  • Flat feet
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Talipes
  • Severs disease

How do exercise programmes help?

Performing certain types of exercises can help to strengthen muscle groups in the foot and leg enabling them to function normally. Short and tight muscles can lead to pain and increased risk of injury, exercises can be used to elongate muscles and soft tissues making them more flexible.

What are the benefits of exercise programmes for children?

Exercise programmes specifically designed for your child can provide the following benefits;

  • Improved foot and lower limb function
  • Better balance
  • A greater range of joint movement
  • Reduced pain
  • Greater muscle strength
  • Improved gait

Similar treatments / services that could help?

Other treatments available for common paediatric podiatry conditions include:

  • Orthotic intervention
  • Expert advice and information
  • Footwear advice and education
  • Massage therapy

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