Will my child become dependent on orthotics and have to wear them for the rest of his or her life?

Just as your child presents with unique clin­ical situations, his or her orthotic is a unique and custom device. Some problems can be prevented without life long wear, some devel­opmental problems may require longer term use, and some children would simply benefit from prevention their whole lives. Consider the use of eyeglasses in children. The con­cern that a child will become dependent on the prescription eyewear is not a valid reason to dismiss the correction needed to im­prove visual function.

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
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