growing pains

Many children will complain of growing pains in there life some studies suggest that this may be as high as 40% of children. The classic ages are between 3 and 5 and later on between 8 and 12. The most likely causes are the aches and discomforts resulting from the jumping, climbing, and running that active children do during the day. The pains can occur after a child has had a particularly athletic day. Often there is some involvement of the growth plates within the bones the level of activities may temporarily disrupt the growth plates.
Growing pains always concentrate in the muscles, rather than the joints. Most children report pains in the front of their thighs, in the calves, or behind the knees. Whereas joints affected by more serious diseases are swollen, red, tender, or warm, the joints of children experiencing growing pains appear normal. Although growing pains often strike in late afternoon or early evening before bed, there are occasions when pain can wake a slumbering child. The intensity of the pain varies from child to child, and most kids don't experience the pains every day.
Some things that may help alleviate the pain include, massaging the area and stretching. We find a high percentage of these children present with biomechanical problems. Your Podiatrist will do a gait assessment, and carry out a footscan and video gait analysis, if we find alignment problems we may suggest custom made orthotics as we often find that this can resolve these sorts of pains.














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