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dd's foot turning inward

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piratecat Mon 22-Sep-08 11:25:02

HI, dd is 6. I boughther a pair of cheaper shoes to have for school, and noticed the other day that the inner part of the heel on her right foot has worn downconsiderably, and much more than the other side.

I have hypermobility, which was oneof the reasons I got SPD, in pregnancy.

DD also has hypermobile joints, and was born with a clicky hip, on the right side.

She does have flat feet, and spent most of her toddler years and ages 3-4, in supportive trainers, which helped her walking.

Obviously i need to get her better shoes, but does anyone have any expereince of this, and if it will correct itself.

When she was about 2 she was reffered to local foot clinic, and it was recomended she wore insoles, which was a nightmare, as we just couldn't find shoes to fit, that would also 'take ' the insoles. So I ended up putting her in clarks trainers, like i said which realy did help.

I see you can buy insoles, in fact I have recently hasd to get soem for myself form scholl, as i have developed plantar fasciitis.

Blu Mon 22-Sep-08 11:28:55

Personally, I would ask your GP for another referral. If she is prescribed custom-made insoles, you may be able to get shoes supplied. Did you take the existing insoles out of the shoes before you put the support ones in? there will be a much wider choice of footwear now she is older...

Honestly, I wouldn't attempt to sort this out by yourself!

piratecat Mon 22-Sep-08 11:34:36

hi , have just found a veery similat thread, from a mum with same concerns last week.

At the time, when she was 2 ish, it was impossible to find any shoes that we coulc take the insole out of.

So i admit i gave up, and put her in the trainers which worked well.
I feel bad becuase i bought her these cheap shoes, and the problem is very apparent, plus i guess she has been wearing only sandlas mostof the summer and, whiclt they are good timberland ones, i didn't notice.

I will have to get her refered. Theonly thing was, last time, they made her an insole, which took about 4 weeks to come, then her feet grew!!! I then heard nothing back about what to do about gettign them updated. Ok, so i need to be on the ball, and get on to this don't I.

For now I shall take her to Clarks and get some leather trianers, with support to the ankle.

RubyRioja Mon 22-Sep-08 11:37:38

my dd has similar problems - though maybe less severe as she does not need insoles. We saw paed podiatrist who was helpful and recomended suitable shoes (in our case, startrite mary janes - flexible at ball of foot only, highish heel at back and strap high up on foot).

She also recommded trampolining and frog jumping to strenghtne surrounding muscles.

mankyscotslass Mon 22-Sep-08 11:41:56

My dd is also very hypermobile, and has a problem with one of her feet turning inwards. She is being seen at hospital for this as it now transpires that not only does she have hypermobility, but also something called "excessive femoral anteversion" which makes her foot turn inwards. It actually comes from her thigh/hip area! This is made worse by the hypermobility. They are monitoring her for now, but she may need an op when she is 10 to straighten in, she is nearly 5 now.
Like you I am finding cheaper shoes just don't do any good.
I would get a referral from your GP just to check it out.

piratecat Mon 22-Sep-08 11:42:48

hi, yes i have read about the shoe thing, when researching my own prob, about the shoe only bending at ball of foot.

She had some startrite maryjanes (ebay) and i must say they didn't wear down at al. I suspect these el cheapo shoes are making it more visible and making it wosre.
Balls, i just wanting to save some money, but it's not good.

avenanap Mon 22-Sep-08 11:47:06

ds has really flat feet and it makes no difference whether he wears expensive or cheap shoes because they all bend over at the side within a few months. He has insoles that fit in startright shoes but not his trainers. The insoles have really helped him and he has not moaned about his feet being tired or sore since he's had them in his shoes. We both have hypermobility.

piratecat Mon 22-Sep-08 12:17:46

avenanap, where did you get the insoles?

avenanap Mon 22-Sep-08 12:25:00

The hospital make them because they have to be the right shape to help the feet. You need to go to your GP, they will refer you to orthopedics, who will then refer you to orthotics, who will make a cast of her feet and make the insoles. I'm happy. ds is not in pain and his current shoes have lasted for 3 months with no sign of the sides caving in! By the time he was seen his knees had started to knock together and the pain he was having was spreading up his legs. I wouldn't put it off.

piratecat Mon 22-Sep-08 12:36:59

thanks, for that info. Tell me, how does it work then, when his feet grow. Do you tell them they have grown, that he needs new shoes? Then how long will it be till you get another appt and then some insoles.??

This confused me last time, becuase of course we never know when they have grown or by how muc. It took weks for dd's first incoles to come thru, and ny that time her feet had grown.

avenanap Mon 22-Sep-08 12:40:49

They said to phone them to arrange for new ones to be made when his feet grew 2 shoe sizes. They fit in the back half of the shoe and are made of hard plastic. It took them a month to make them but ds's feet didn't grow alot whilst we were waiting. I think he wouldn't have to wait long for another appointment as he's already on their system now.

Blu Mon 22-Sep-08 12:43:15

DS gets fitted for insoles about 4 times a year - and we make the appintments for the next one in lots of good time for his next shoe change (but his shoes come from orthotics, too).
I think it would be ok to just move the insoles into a bigger pair of shoes fo a few weeks, anyway. Tbhis is something to talk to the orthotist about.

piratecat Mon 22-Sep-08 12:58:42

oh right, the ones we had when she was about 2 were long insoles and they fitted right thru the length of the shoe iyswim.
So avenanap, if they onyl go in the back, do youfit them into the startrites without the insole in them? If so, how does that go comfortwise. Or do they fit inside the shoe, with the insoles in but you just buy a shoe with a bit bigger fit or width?

piratecat Mon 22-Sep-08 12:58:55

oh right, the ones we had when she was about 2 were long insoles and they fitted right thru the length of the shoe iyswim.
So avenanap, if they onyl go in the back, do youfit them into the startrites without the insole in them? If so, how does that go comfortwise. Or do they fit inside the shoe, with the insoles in but you just buy a shoe with a bit bigger fit or width?

piratecat Mon 22-Sep-08 12:59:34

sorry oops

avenanap Mon 22-Sep-08 19:37:30

They go inside the shoe. ds doesn't need a wide fit but he's an E fitting anyway so they fit these. He has never complained that they are unconfortable, he has socks on anyway. He's supposto wear them all the time but they don't fit inside his trainers so they stay in his school shoes.

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