HyProCure for Pediatric Flat Foot

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What is PTTD?

It stands for posterior tibial tendon dysfunction. There are many factors that contribute to this condition for children, but it usually can happen from an injury due to high impact school sports such as basketball, tennis or soccer. The posterior tendon begins at one of the smaller muscles in the calf then runs through the middle of the ankle and finally connects to the bottom of the foot. This tendon helps to keep the feet aligned and provide support as you walk. When the tendon becomes damaged from an injury, the arch of the foot flattens and the result can very easily become PTTD.

Flatfoot with children can be a very painful condition even before it escalates to the point of serious treatment.

Besides high impact sports, other causes include;

  • Obesity

  • Birth defects

  • Deformities

  • Developmental issues

  • Previous injury to the tibial tendon

Why try HyProCure as a treatment solution?

HyProCure is a small titanium stent that is inserted into the sinus tarsi (the tunnel inside the foot) keeping the ankle bone from sliding around. A few of the advantages of this treatment are:

  • Improves up & down and side to side foot motion

  • Prevents collapse of the arch

  • Redistributes forces to the bottom of the foot

  • Decreases pressure on the nerves in the foot

  • Has a low removal rate of any other sinus tarsi implant

This is a simple and effective alternative to orthotics or reconstructive surgery. The stent holds the space between the ankle and heel bone in an open position allowing pain free movement as you walk or exercise. This is an innovative solution that has provided lasting results for many children whose feet are misaligned.  If you would like to hear more about this viable solution to your child’s condition, then let Laurel Podiatry Associates help you decide which solution is best. While HyProCure is an option, there are other treatments that could work as well.

What are the other options?

  • Custom made orthotics

  • Reconstructive surgery

  • Physical therapy

  • Braces, orthotic devices or casts

  • Injected medications

  • Stretching exercises

  • Medication to balance the pain

If your child is experiencing pain along the inside of their foot and ankle or difficulty playing sports or general activities, they may have the onset of this dysfunction. For more information, reach out to Laurel Podiatry Associates at 724-832-7880 and let Dr. Shawn Echard give your child a consultation.  Laurel Podiatry Associates have four convenient locations in Greensburg, Somerset, Mount Pleasant and Shadyside, PA.