Will orthotics help my 3 year old walk better?

By: Tom Lemke - Cped MC, Cped C, Jul 25, 2017
The Foot Lab Edmonton, Children and orthotics

My 3 year old son keeps tripping over things, do you think orthotics would help this and his growth?

That is pretty difficult to answer directly without knowing why he is tripping, does he have something systemic going on or is it just because he is pigeon toed?

If the issue is pigeon toe (he walks with the toes pointing toward the mid-line of the body or his feet are turned in) then we can help by adding a wedge on the front outside corner of his shoes. We used to do this a lot back the 80's but I haven't seen any clients with this issue for a long time, it was very effective in gently pulling the feet into a more natural position, no more tripping!

Tom Lemke has been making custom footwear for Canadians for over 30 years.

Tom became a Certified Pedorthic Master Craftsman in 1996, and a few years later in 2003 he started his own orthopedic, orthotic and pedorthic practice: The Foot Lab. Located in Edmonton, Alberta, The Foot Lab serves clients from Grande Prairie to Nova Scotia and beyond.  Check out our website http://www.footlab.ca/ 

Our Certified Pedorthic Master Craftsman will create custom-made shoes, inserts, insoles and/or footwear modification to help you:

  • improve your walking posture, putting less stress on your body;
  • relieve foot, leg, or back pain from walking and standing;
  • walk more naturally with differently-sized legs or a partial or full amputation; and
  • relieve pain and improve balance problems caused by chronic health issues like diabetes or cerebral palsy.