A Closer Look At Orthotics For Pediatric Conditions

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Alona Kashanian, DPM, says children with internal femoral torsion may be clumsy with sports and running, and have a history of frequent falls. She emphasizes a thorough diagnostic exam to rule out metatarsus adductus.
When evaluating gait, if you see the knees facing internally, then at least a portion of the transverse plane deformity is attributable to either an internal femoral torsion (as seen above) or internal femoral position. (Photo courtesy of Ronald Valmassy,
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Guest Clinical Editor: Eric Feit, DPM

Dr. Jay is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He is a Professor of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine and is board-certified in foot and ankle surgery. Dr. Jay practices at Cumberland Orthopedics in Vineland, N.J. He is the author of “Pediatric Foot and Ankle Surgery,” which is published by Saunders/Elsevier.

Dr. Kashanian is a Diplomate of the American Board of Primary Medicine and Podiatric Orthopedics, and is a consultant for ProLab Educational Institute. She is also in private practice in Northridge, Calif.

Dr. Valmassy is a Professor and Past Chairman of the Department of Podiatric Biomechanics at the California College of Podiatric Medicine. He is a staff podiatrist at the Center for Sports Medicine at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco.

Dr. Volpe is a Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Orthopedics, and is the Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. He has a pediatric foot and ankle specialty private practice in Farmingdale and New York, N.Y.

Editor’s Note: For other articles and columns on orthotics, check out the archives at www.podiatrytoday.com.

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