By Arden Smith DPM, FACFAS, FACFAOM
Stretching is so important, even for kids, to get ready for spring sports. Along with bodily growth where the muscles are trying to keep up with the bones, the cold-weather can tighten muscles. Spring sports aren’t always played in warm weather; and so stretching becomes absolutely key.
Many orthopedic problems in kids, especially athletes, stem from poor foot biomechanics. Looking at the child’s foot type and assessing its impact on biomechanics is essential to injury prevention and overall performance.
Wear patterns of shoes cannot only have a deleterious effect on gait, but can also negate many important biomechanical corrections if a child wears an orthotic device.
It is important to see one of our award-winning, expert podiatrists at Advanced Foot Care of Manhasset, Maspeth, Huntington, Plainview, Mineola, East Williston, and Coram when parents notice any sort of lower extremity pain including but not limited to hip, knee, ankle, and foot pain.