Examples of conditions commonly seen at the Oxford Foot and Ankle Centre include:
• Tip toe walking – describes young children which walk on the balls of their feet, and this is not unusual in very young children, it is a developmental stage. However, after the age of two a normal heel to toe gait should have commenced. Toe walking after two years of age may indicate a problem such as cerebral palsy, shortened calf muscles, muscle dystrophies or more simply habit. Once the underlying cause is diagnosed we can discuss the cause and the most appropriate treatment plan.
• Fallen arches – describes a condition whereby the inside of the arch is flat. Fallen arches are normal in babies as the arch is filled with a layer of fat and so this a normal developmental stage. From 5-6 years the arch begins to form. If the arch formation is interrupted and or impeded by a neurological condition or developmental issue – this must be investigated and if need be, we can refer on. Fallen arches or flat foot can be caused by flexible joints, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, tarsal coalition (fused bones) or various developmental issues which can be investigated and identified. At the Oxford Foot and Ankle Centre we will be happy to discuss any problems your child may have, investigate this and recommend a treatment.
• Downs Syndrome (“DS”) – DS is a chromosomal condition that can produce a number of both mental and physical characteristics which may vary from mild to severe. Many children with DS will have problems with the way that they walk – these are associated with low muscle tone, loose ligaments, however other conditions will include tripping, smaller legs, feet and toes, very flexible joints and ligaments, limited ankle movement, and out pointed feet and toes. At the Oxford Foot and Ankle Centre we can assess your child and propose a number of treatments that will assist you child’s foot comfort and mobility.