Gait plates are specifically designed custom children’s orthotics
most commonly prescribed by our Melbourne podiatrists to treat an intoeing
gait in children. This type of device supports the arch of the foot like a traditional orthotic but has an extended lateral (outside) section that extends underneath the ball of the foot up towards the fifth the toe.
Gait plates work by proprioception and encourages the child to walk more out-toed. When walking with an intoeing gait the child will feel the rigid extended section of the device making it harder and somewhat uncomfortable to push off. Yet when walking with the feet more turned out the orthotic device feels more comfortable and it is easier for the foot to push off during propulsion.
It is important to remember that gait plates wont correct intoeing, they merely help change the aesthetics of intoeing. Strengthening and postural exercises will ultimately help correct intoeing and these are prescribed by our podiatrists along the journey. However when used prescribed correctly gait plates can still be useful in the treatment of intoeing. When worn in shoes, gait plate orthotics can help improve a child’s angle of gait and this can help minimise tripping and increase a child’s self confidence.