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Get Ahead Kids - Vol. 4, No. 3 - May/June 2012

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Lessening Child Foot & Lower Limb Fatigue

By Adam Glascock

Running and playing is an integral part of the school day for children. From the time they leave home and walk to school, children with feet and legs that don't function well will become fatigued and de-energised.

For these children it is more than the foot and lower limb that are working overtime. Hip and core muscles have to compensate to assist in stabilising their lower limb in gait, compared to children with more appropriately functioning lower limb.

Sitting in the classroom, writing, drawing and just concentrating also requires stability of the trunk and hips through suitable core and hip control.

When fatigue sets in due to walking, playing and running, children tend to wiggle in their seats, slump over the pages of their text books or become distracted.

Children with poorly functioning lower limbs expend greater energy during recess and lunchtime resulting in fatigue and poor concentration when they return to the classroom. Through no fault of their own, they are unable to focus on school work.

Addressing poorly functioning foot and lower limb biomechanics is an important function of podiatrists in liaison with other healthcare professionals.

Hypotonia or poorly functioning weak muscles can be addressed and retrained to assist in stability whilst our children sit, write and concentrate.

By treating foot and lower limb function, children can benefit from decreased fatigue and experience an increase in energy levels to enjoy their day.

About Adam Glascock

Adam Glascock is the principal podiatrist at Newcastle Family and Sports Podiatry in Hamilton East, Newcastle. His main field of practice is paediatric and biomechanical abnormalities in children.

He heads a team of 13 staff and his special interests include improving the gait parameters and performance of elite junior athletes.

When given the opportunity to assess a new born or youngster, particularly before they are walking it is possible to diagnose a misalignment, medical or structural issue that will manifest and develop with the child particularly through weight bearing. This will often become noticed for the first time as the child becomes involved in physical activity and sport.

More Information

Adam Glascock
Principal Podiatrist

Newcastle Family and Sports Podiatry
51 Denison St.
Hamilton East NSW 2303
P: 02 4961 4411


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