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Children and Sport

Newcastle Podiatry - Wednesday, July 19, 2017

With the progression of the winter sports season it is the time when knee pain starts to appear in our children.

We tend to see an almost immediate influx of children needing urgent attention due to pain after moving from thongs and bare feet into football boots and running shoes. This can be caused by an increase in training on soft rugby/soccer fields, hockey fields and netball courts.

Commonly knee pain in children is misdiagnosed and poorly treated or worse still place into the “growing pains” basket with parents told to wait and see. It is important to diagnose and treat these pains quickly to prevent kids being forced to sit on the sideline.

A number of pathologies appear around the knee and whilst commonly presenting in the 9 to 13 age group they also manifest outside this age bracket. Pain over the ‘bump’ just below the knee (the tibial tuberosity) known as Osgood Schlatters disease is commonly under diagnosed; as is Sinding Larsen Johnanson syndrome (pain in the bottom of the patellae). However, both knee conditions will stop sport and cause pain. Of greatest concern is the fact that knee pain in children can also indicate in rare cases serious hip pathologies that when left untreated have devastating effects.

All of these conditions commonly have a biomechanical component and when addressed through stretching, footwear and appropriate prescription functional foot orthoses your child will have the best possible chance of staying in their sport pain free.

Put simply our children don’t need to have pain to play sport early assessment and treatment is the key.

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