Frequently Asked Questions

Childhood Orthotics

FAQs: General

Children growth rates are unpredictable, however based on data collected over the last 20 years we can conclude;

  • 80% of children orthotics will fit for 18 months
  • 10% of children orthotics will fit for 12 months
  • 10% of children orthotics will fit for 24 months

The rate of arch development will be slower, it just means more years of wearing orthotics.

Less than 1% of children talk of foot pain; after 1 week of wearing, your child should not feel them in his shoes

Yes, we can use Velcro (hook& loop) to attach them to the sole of the sandals.

  • The ‘2ft’ Orthotic has a flexing structure that creates a gentle resistance on the tendons and muscles of the foot, this makes the foot work harder, therefore strengthening the foot
  • a custom orthotic will have the correct amount of longitudinal arch (side arch) support; we will adjust higher or lower when required. The positioning of the support on the orthotic is also important.
  • Metatarsal support (forefoot arch) this arch requires support in order to control the structure of the foot and prevent issues like bunions
  • Control of the inward rocking (pronation) and outward roll (supination); the ‘2ft’ orthotic is designed with the correct control features to limit inward and outward roll.

Firstly, your child should experience 100% comfort in daily activates.  The next indicator will be observing the way your child walks, e.g. walking down stairs with confidence.  Finally you should notice less pronation and their foot print shows a gap on the inner part of the foot.

(The gap starts small then grows; some parents say their child’s foot sounds different when walking on hard surfaces)

Assuming your child wears sport shoes; 98 % of the time, same size shoes. The ‘2ft’ Orthotics is a ¾ length orthotic vs. a full length that often requires bigger shoes.

Note; when selecting a shoe size for your child, loosen all the laces in the new shoe, push your Childs foot to the front so their toes touch the front, then put your (adult) thumb between his heel and back of the shoe.

You can soap them, scrub them and rinse in hot water. You cannot soak for more than 10 minutes.  Please visit our online 2ft store for safe and effective a disinfectant solution.

FAQs: Pronation/Flat Feet

We see children in the ‘2ft’ program develop normal orthotics every day, in the thousands, however there are factors that determine the rate of arch development and success rate;

  • Daily usage, the child must wear them 7 days a week, not just school days
  • Hours per day; the more hours wearing their orthotics the faster the correction, some parents make their child wear the orthotics around the house for even faster results
  • Starting Age; the ideal age is 4 to 10 however 10 to 14, permanent arch development can be achieved
  • Quality of shoes; shoes with a strong solid sole and not too wide will allow the orthotic to support and control the arches of the feet better.

In summary your child has 95% chance of developing normal arches and normal range pronation.

Note; 5% of children with a condition called ‘flexible flat foot’ will have to wear orthotics for a lifetime.

There are many possible reasons for this common condition;

  • It could be hereditary
  • It could have been over use of sandals or flip flops that they wore over years
  • It could have been an childhood injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too soft, too loose, too big
  • Lifestyle: experts say, all the flat surfaces of our modern world make children feet weak; if you recall the walks to school or games after school played on grass and rough ground surfaces, these conditions are good for strengthening feet and developing arches

Because your child’s feet are growing at a slower rate the correction will take longer, you can expect your child to wear orthotics for a period of 4 to 5 years. The upside is, your child will have 100% comfort, improved posture and better balance

Based on our 20 years of experience, 99% of the children will retain normal range arches and normal range pronation.

  • Have your child wear their orthotics more than the required 10 hours per day, outside & inside the house
  • Not wear any sandals, flip flops or soft rubber shoes
  • Remind them to tie their shoes laces firm
  • Wear shoes that have a sole that is solid, heavy and ridged

Most children will require 2 to 3 pairs of orthotics to achieve normal range arches and normal range pronation.

Some experts recommend foot exercises to develop arches and control pronation of the feet; do they work?

Clients tell us they try these exercise programs but they experience poor results, the ‘2ft Orthotic’ is designed to work the foot and strengthen it with every step, all the while holding the foot in a position close to normal range of pronation.

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