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The Problem:

  • All toddlers have flat feet because of a low angle of calcaneal inclination, by five to six years this angle has increased, and in most cases, a medial longitudinal arch becomes apparent.~~Inclination of the calcaneus is vital to the foot, as if there is a reduced or negative calcaneal inclination the plantar aponeurosis will be lengthened, the windlass mechanism will not occur, and the foot will not achieve supination at the propulsive phase of gait.~~The most significant feature of paediatric pes plano-valgus (pathological flat foot) is medial bulging in the area of the talo-navicular joint. The medial longitudinal arch is usually low, but not always completely absent. A collapse of the mid-tarsal joint indicates that the calcaneus has been forced to rotate postero-laterally under the talus. The talus will assume a more medial and vertical position as the sustentaculum tali loses its supporting position beneath the neck of the talus. These changes render the foot ineffectual at withstanding the forces of ground reaction, which are highest at the propulsive phase of gait.

The Concept:

  • Early treatment is vital, for if a child continues to walk on this foot type, the condition rapidly becomes irretrievable. Control of the child?s foot needs to be achieved quickly & comfortably by utilising a triplanar wedge directed against the talo-navicular bulge & medial arch, which will increase the calcaneal inclination angle. As the calcaneus is dorsiflexed it will also adduct, restoring talo-calcaneal congruency.~~Restoring alignment in this way helps to maintain the stability of the foot. Support of the foot also controls the internal leg rotation associated with sub-talar joint pronation and thereby reduces other symptoms such as knee pain (e.g. Osgood-Schlatters disease). Prevention of the collapse of the medial arch will reduce the strain on supportive ligaments and other soft tissues, thereby allowing the patient to enjoy running and walking whilst remaining symptom free

Conditions treatable with 4Kids orthotics include:

  • Tired and aching feet
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Heel Pain
  • Posterior Heel Pain and Achilles Tendonitis
  • Ankle pain
  • Shin and calf pain
  • Knee pain (Osgood-Schlatters disease)

The Solution:

  • Heel cupping for stability
  • Intrinsic medial post
  • Antibacterial top cover
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Who are we?

We are a New Zealand owned and managed business, based in Kumeu Auckland, close to the beautiful Muriwai beach pictured on the front cover of our 2016 catalogue. We supply Nationally a complete range of products to Healthcare Professionals. We specialise in Allied Healthcare products for Physiotherapy, Hand Therapy and Podiatry. We are a small team who pride ourselves on our ability to provide a high level of personalised service.

Our Commitment

Our experienced Customer Support and Sales Teams are committed to providing excellent service, which is second to none. We pride ourselves on providing quality products at the right price.

100% Guarantee

If you are not happy with any product purchased we will refund it. If you have ordered a product that doesn't fit a client we will swap it. If we have made a mistake we will fix it.

Punctual Delivery

Consistently delivering products on time with the minimum hassle is our principle objective.

Superior Service

We commit our attention to the smallest details to ensure your needs are met from beginning to end, nothing is ever too difficult.

We charge a flat rate of $9.50 + GST for all parcels (excludes capital equipment) and send via NZ Couriers.

Free shipping on orders over $350.00 + GST (excludes capital equipment).

On every last Friday of the month we offer a Free Freight Friday.  Any orders ordered on this day are free Freight (excludes capital equipment).

Capital Equipment freight is calculated based on your location.