Children’s Growing Pains Treatment in Winchester and Basingstoke
What are growing pains and how are they linked to the legs and feet?
Growing pains in children are a common complaint we see as podiatrists. The muscles of the calves, thighs and behind the knee tend to be the most frequent sites of complaint. Growing pains can range in severity from a minor cramp or ache to severe spasms that are intense enough to cause night waking. They can occur at any point in the day, however, most reports are that the pains arise when the child settles down for the night and is lying in bed. There can be many causes behind these pains and some of them include biomechanics, which is where our children’s growing pains treatment comes into play.
How might feet be contributing to your child’s growing pains?
The muscles affected by the pain are some of the main muscles in your lower limbs. They play a vital role in day-to-day movement for your child. Walking, running and jumping all require constant activation of the muscle groups. If your child’s lower limbs or feet are out of alignment, these muscles are required to work much harder to just achieve the basic walking or running motion. Growing up in Hampshire, which offers such an excellent outdoor lifestyle, these muscles are often under high load, which further contributes to the tightening of these muscle groups, adding to the discomfort felt. When we commence our children’s growing pains treatment, we investigate the biomechanics of your child’s movement, checking for any concerns and also any other potential contributing factors as per below.
Children’s Growin Pains – Other Contributing Factors
Aside from lower limb biomechanics, other factors that can accentuate growing pain in children are;
- Hypermobility (excessive joint range of motion)
- Ligament laxity – increased elasticity of ligaments supporting joints
- Poor or incorrect footwear for particular activities
If any of these are of concern, we will discuss them with you during our assessment.
Children’s Growing Pains – Signs to Look Out For
While children’s growing pains can have a variety of presenting symptoms, there are some indicators which are as follows.
- Regular complaint of aching legs at rest
- Early fatigue with basic levels of exercise
- Resistance to walking for any real length of time
- Cramps or muscle spasms
- Pain subsides with gentle stretching, pain relief or massage
- Pain is no longer present in the morning
Our Children’s Growing Pains Treatment Process
At Eclipse Foot Clinic, our Paediatric Specialist Podiatrist Lydia will start our treatment by identifying the main contributing factors to the pain, which when identified, can be targeted with a customised treatment plan. Often improving muscle strength, endurance and lower limb stability are the main focuses in our children’s growing pains treatment. This can be done through customised strength programs, regular muscle release, custom-made insoles and advice on correct footwear, all of which are provided in-house. The response to treatment is quick for most children, allowing them to get back to their active day to day lives pain free.