Inflexible ankles in 11 year old?

When my daughter was a toddler she walked on her toes, she saw a podiatrist and was given inserts for her shoes to cure it. When she was about 6 she seemed to stop and we were discharged from the hospital. Then, when she was 10 she started to complain of pain in her feet - on the bone which sticks out blow the ankle joint. We have had to wait a year to see a podiatrist and having seen him yesterday I really donít know what to make of what he said. Here goes:- He said that she has very strong ankles but they do not allow as much movement as normal and this means that she has to walk more on her toes. He said that there is nothing they can do about her ankle joints being like this but she should always wear shoes with a heel to reduce the stress on her feet, and take up something like gymnastics or dance to improve the flexibility of her legs to help compensate for her ankles. As we were leaving he said he will see her again and he might give her insoles again then. Now I have come home the whole thing sounds very odd to me, basically he has done nothing to help and I wonder why he didnít give her insoles straight away. I have never heard fo this problem before and I am wondering what is going to happen as she gets older. Has anyone else heard of this and if so does it have a name?

Posted By stars_bright on November 28, 2003 at 07:47:28:

Malleoloc for lateral ankle instability. Designed to prevent inversion and eversion. Malleoloc does not restrict plantar and dorsiflexion. Excellent for sports use.

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