Down Syndrome feet
At Reform Podiatry Camden, we see a diverse range of patients. Through NDIS, we often see people with Down Syndrome for their feet. Down Syndrome is a genetic disorder, where people are born with an extra chromosome. As a consequence, people with Down Syndrome often require specialised foot care. The podiatrist at Reform Podiatry suggests that all people with Down Syndrome young and old should have their lower limb biomechanics assessed, to ensure they are best treated and comfortable.
How are the feet impacted by Down Syndrome?
- Hypotonia (low muscle tone)
- Hypermobile joints (flexible joints)
- Flat feet
- External femoral rotation (legs and feet pointing out)
- Poor Balance
- Reduced ankle joint range of motion (generally tight calves)
Flexible flat feet with low muscle tone can make people with Down Syndrome a falls risk. Often their unique biomechanics will cause the development of physiological changes, compensatory mechanisms or pain. Some of the foot, knee and ankle complaints your expert foot doctor sees includes:
- Sore legs, ankles and feet due to excessive movement
- Plantar fasciitis
- Flat feet
- Achilles tendonitis
- Shin splints
- Digital deformities
- Corns and callus
- Ingrown toenails
What can be done for the feet with Down Syndrome?
A number of things can be done for patients with Down Syndrome.
Treatment options include:
- Routine podiatry care
- Custom foot orthotic prescription
- Corn and callus removal
- Toe nail cutting
- Footwear recommendation
- Exercise prescription
If you’re a private patient, or with the NDIS, book in an appointment today