Causes of children’s lower leg sports injuries
There are many causes of children’s lower leg and foot sports injuries including:
- Acute injury
- Poor foot mechanics or flat feet
- Poor footwear
- Increase in training loads
- Low muscle tone
- Tight muscles
One cause of children’s lower leg and foot sports injuries that often gets overlooked is poor foot function. Flat feet or poor foot mechanics leads to poor lower leg alignment and stability, placing added strain on muscles, tendons and joints which can then lead to overuse and injury.
Children’s lower leg sports injuries diagnosis
Most children’s lower leg and foot sports injuries are easily diagnosed clinically by our Melbourne children’s podiatrists, who are experts in children’s foot problems. Referral for x-rays, ultrasound or MRI scans may be required if our podiatrists suspect a bone fracture or other more serious acute sports injury, especially if your child is unable to bear weight on the injured foot or leg.
Our children’s podiatrists can use computer gait analysis to help diagnose the cause of chronic children’s sports injuries that are often caused through poor foot biomechanics.
Podiatry treatment for children’s lower leg sports injuries
The children’s podiatrists at Melbourne Podiatrists & Orthotics are experts in children’s lower leg and foot sports injuries. Following correct diagnosis treatment usually involves a period of rest and healing followed by rehabilitation before the child can return to sport. Podiatry treatment of children’s sports injuries may include:
Children’s orthotics work by supporting the arch of the foot and improving lower leg alignment. This helps improve a child’s alignment and stability thereby reducing strain on joints and lower leg muscles, which can improve performance and help prevent a sports injury returning.
Thorough diagnosis and treatment with one of our children’s podiatrists is essential if your child is suffering from a lower leg or foot sports injury.