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How to find childhood initiated pain, in your body now.

Updated on July 9, 2013

Six Little Girls

Recently, I did an event with a really good chiropractor. While she talked to them about their structural alignment, I did massage. During this event, several children came to me asking for massage. So I gave each one of them a 5 minute massage. The majority of these little girls, there were about 6 of them; got on the table with their shoes on.

However, one of them did get on the table with her shoes off. Because of this, I noticed the imbalance in her feet. I immediately called all 6 of the girls over, and begin to inspect their feet, their posture and their alignment.The results was that 5 out of 6 girls had an imbalance in their feet, and one was structurally misaligned because her hips were out of balance. I looked at their shoes, and that pretty much told the tale as to why they had the imbalance.

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Never Given A Thought

They went and called their grandmothers in, and the older ladies that they were with, and I began to tell them what was wrong with the girls' feet. The majority of the women were from another country; and I could tell from looking at their feet, that they had never ever considered their feet as a source of pain and problems in their body.

Sadly, I could also tell that a few of these women were not going to do anything at all about these issues with the children's feet. The reason, was because I was telling the women that the children needed more supportive shoes like sneakers, and that they needed orthodic support. Since we were in a church in a low income area, I explained to the women that orthodics cost quite a bit of money. I myself spent 250 dollars at Good Feet for the pair I wear.

I also explained to them, that Walmart carries Doctor Scholl's orthodic supports. They have a computerized machine that you can stand on, and it will show you the imbalances in the pressure of the feet; and it will recommend the correct orthotics support for you for about 50 dollars. So, if money is an issue, that is the lowest priced way I know of to get a pair of orthodics. Are they the best brand? That I cannot say. All I can say is that you get what you pay for. If price is an issue, this is one way to get some orthodic support.

Unsupported

When I look at these women's feet; that pretty much summed it up as to why these problems were developing in the girls as well. They all had on flat, unsupportive shoes themselves. Almost all of them, including the little girls, were wearing flat sandal style shoes. On the older women, the shoes were padded and meant to be for comfort, looking basically like house slippers.

On the little girls, the style was meant to be more fashionable; so the shoes were cute and stylish, but completely flat and unsupportive. One of the girls was wearing wedge styled shoes. It was a higher heel, but not necessarily more supportive; because the wedge is just a big block of wood. It simply raises your foot, but does not help and support, because there is no arch support built into a wedge. Additionally, a wedge, as with all high heels, causes over contraction of the calves and achilles, which, sooner or later, will result in pain.

Foot Inspection

In order to check their alignment, I had each girl stand still several feet in front of me, with their feet a few inches apart. I also told him to pull up their pant legs a bit if they had long pants on. What you want to look at is, is the ankle bone on both sides straight? In other words, does the ankle bone look like it leans or rolls more to one side than to the other? On each foot does it look like the ankle bone of each leg leans more to the lateral side of the body, which is the outside; or to the medial side of the body, which is the inside? Is there an arch in the foot? If the child is flat footed, more than likely, the ankle bone will lean to the medial side of the body.

Another sure indicator is found if you look at the back of the foot. Check the achilles on the back of the foot. If the lines of the achilles on the back of the foot, are diagonal in one direction or the other, there is an imbalance. If the lines are slightly diagonal but very, very light, then it's not very bad. However, if the lines are significantly pronounced like deep little grooves in the back of foot, there is a problem developing.

You also want to take a look at the toes. If the big toe and any of the small toes are leaning towards the outside of the body or the lateral side, there's a problem developing. This sort of thing will occur if the child is wearing shoes that are not wide enough, or the correct size. In fact, the toes could also be going to the medial side from the outside, and the small toe. That is also a sign of the shoes being to tight.

It is crucial, that as a parent, you make sure that their shoes are the correct size, and that you purchase shoes that support the foot so that their balance stays intact. Children can be out of alignment or out of balance from birth. The journey through the birthing canal, especially if they were grabbed by forceps; can cause an imbalance or a misalignment from birth. The only way to find out if that is so, is to go to a good chiropractor. However, you don't want to possibly exacerbate an imbalance, or create one, by not insuring that the child has proper shoes.
There are many adults with back problems and hip problems and even knee problems, due to imbalances in their feet that they've had since childhood. Long term misalignment and imbalances can cause structural problems that, if not caught and addressed soon enough, may not be able to be reversed. This can result in a lifetime of pain for your child, so it is incumbent upon you as a parent, to take steps to ensure that this is not the future for your child.

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    • Etherealenigma profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandra M. Urquhart 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi Emily,

      Actually, I am curious about those shoes, and I think it bears some investigation. Considering the problems that I regularly see in my clients concerning imbalances in the feet, I am wondering if shoes like that are more beneficial. However, I am of the opinion at this point in time, that if you already have an imbalance, it is better to try to get that corrected first. I think it would depend largely on the type of imbalance.

      There is a big difference in the clients that I see with flat feet, and the clients that I see with really high arches. Both imbalances cause pain and can throw the body's structure out of whack, but the build up and pain are in different areas. I think I'd have to try a pair of these shoes myself to see if they are supportive enough. Maybe I will end up writing another article once I've done that. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Emily L Snelling profile image

      Emily L Snelling 

      6 years ago from Lake Tahoe, Nevada USA

      Nice to see information about structural alignment issues in children! We tend to wait until we're older and in pain. Curious, what do you think about Vibram shoes and other shoes meant to promote a barefoot-like gait?

    • Etherealenigma profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandra M. Urquhart 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Thank you. Feel free to visit again.

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      Sherrie Westerfield, Cpht 

      6 years ago from Hobart,In

      nice hub.

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