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Podiatry Services for Neurodivergent Children

Tuesday, 24 May 2022 00:00

While autism is a neurological condition some neurodivergent children, particularly those who are autistic, may have problems with their legs and feet to a greater degree than their neurotypical peers. Autistic children may have low muscle tone or hypotonia which occurs when limbs are floppy and hard to move. Given that autistic children react to external stimuli with sensitivity, their feet may be sensitive to the shoes they wear too. Children with this condition can be uncomfortable with any type of movement including walking, running, and even standing. Some children grow out of this while others do not. Such issues increase autism symptoms and can make the child unhappy or irritable. Specialized footwear, specific exercises, and orthotic inserts might help improve children’s movement. It is suggested that autistic children have regular visits with a podiatrist to check for foot discomfort and help to manage their symptoms.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Rosa Roman of Ankle and Foot Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Bloomfield, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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