Growing Pains

pain in the lower legs that occurs at night, once the child has stopped walking, running or playing

How are growing pains related to our feet?

The answer to that question starts at the foundation of the body

It has to do with the alignment of the child’s hindfoot. A child whose feet are misaligned has a significantly higher chance of developing leg pain. Not all children with misaligned feet will develop this pain, conversely, it is extremely rare for a child with aligned feet to develop this pain. The reason why hindfoot alignment is so important is because a misaligned foot leads to a very inefficient bio-mechanical foot machine. The muscles don’t have to work as hard in a normally aligned foot. However, the muscles have to work up to 4 or 5 times harder in a misaligned foot because the muscles have to realign the foot and then do their regular job.

What's the difference between an aligned and misaligned foot?

How can we fix it? Let’s take a look at the alignment of the hindfoot bones. The ankle bone (talus) should normally sit on top of the heel bone (calcaneus). When the talus is properly aligned on the calcaneus, then the foot is aligned. When the ankle bone dislocates on the heel bone, it equals a misaligned hindfoot.

Whats the fix?

It seems like it should be important to stabilize the foundation of our body. Putting an arch support under your foot may temporarily help with the symptoms, but it wont fix the problem. When most treatments don’t work or are too aggressive, what else can be done? Think EOTTS – HyProCure. HyProCure has been safely and effectively in thousands of pediatric and adult patients since 2004. HyProCure is the only extra-osseous talotarsal stabilization device that works with the normal bio-mechanics unlike other devices that work against the normal function and often lead to failure of the device. EOTTS is an internal correction for an internal problem.

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