Have you noticed that even though your child looks healthy and is active, there seems to be something wrong, as they keep having strange muscle aches and joint injuries and frequent sports injuries? Not the usual falls and scrapes that all active children have, but something that seems excessive and may be cause for concern. Your child might have a health problem that is relatively unknown to doctors, yet common in the world population – an inherited, abnormal foot structure known as the Preclinical Clubfoot Deformity.
This abnormal foot structure starts creating problems in your child’s body as soon as they start walking. The symptoms can be so numerous and diverse, that it leaves you perplexed as to what could possibly be happening to your child – occurrences that should not be happening to an otherwise healthy youngster.
Because many doctors have no knowledge of the Preclinical Clubfoot Deformity, nor the chronic pain (and potentially other) symptoms it creates, this severe foot structure goes undetected and your child may grow up to live a life far from what you had envisioned for them.
There are two personality types in children who have a Preclinical Clubfoot Deformity. The first is a child who is sedentary and is unable to muster up the determination to overcome the obstacles that this severe abnormal foot structure can present. The second is a child who is active and often actually driven to excel in physical activity even though they have continuous overuse injuries in sports.
Let’s look at what transpires as a girl (I’ll call Jenny) – who has a Preclinical Clubfoot Deformity and the second personality type – grows up.
When Jenny was born she looked like an adorable, healthy little baby girl. And she was, except for her feet. While she was in the womb, her feet did not completely develop and so Jenny was born with an ‘undetectable’ abnormal foot structure: Undetectable because no one (including the obstetrician) noticed anything unusual about her feet. That is, they weren’t oddly shaped, missing a toe, strangely colored or anything else that would have most certainly caused alarm or need of further inspection.
So, baby Jenny was brought home and all was fine. That is, until she first started walking. This is when a few symptoms of her PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity made their first appearance. When Jenny walked, her feet were totally flat (no arch) and she also had a harder time (than most other toddlers) learning to walk – she was a bit clumsy. Her mom didn’t notice her flat feet because infants at this age have a pronounced plantar fat pad and Jenny’s clumsiness only brought loving hugs and more encouragement.
As Jenny got older, about 7 years of age, her mom noticed that the heels of her shoes were wearing unevenly. She also noticed that as Jenny walked, her feet turned excessively inward (or outward) and she seemed to lumber along with a very slight hitch or limp.
But in spite of Jenny’s awkward gait, she was very active in sports; playing softball, running and doing gymnastics. The problem was that, in spite of being one of the best athletes on the teams, she kept spraining her ankles.
Concerned, her mom took her to the pediatrician and explained that Jenny also has been complaining of pain in her legs and that even though she’s active in sports her posture seems to be really poor. The pediatrician listened attentively, but found nothing wrong. He assured her that Jenny’s just a competitive child and that her posture will certainly improve as she continues in gymnastics.
It didn’t. By the age of 13, Jenny’s posture was worse and her ankle injuries continued. And even though Jenny’s mom saw a fierce determination to excel in the eyes of her child, she could see that Jenny’s symptoms were getting more pronounced as she was growing.
Jenny started complaining of more soreness in her legs. Her mom took her to see the family doctor, then a physician of sports medicine, a physical therapist, an osteopath and a chiropractor. They all said pretty much the same – Stop worrying, there’s nothing wrong with your child. She’s just very active.
When Jenny went to high school, she became a top competitive runner, but was getting pain above her right knee and stress fractures in her tibia. By her senior year she was experiencing aching and stiffness in her low back.
Jenny, now away at college and living on her own, decided to use her same fierce determination (that she used to compete) to find someone who could help her get her body problems sorted out. She went the route of alternative therapy – a myofascial therapist, then an acupuncturist, cranial sacral therapist and a private Pilates trainer.
The sessions were relaxing and the Pilates was of value in her athletic career, but Jenny found that she constantly had to return for more treatments and sessions to keep her pain barely in check.
Having tried everything natural she could think of including ice, NSAIDS and magnetic insoles, Jenny finally resorted to dry needling, which helped resolve her injuries, but didn’t prevent new ones. In effect, her vigorous efforts to rid herself of chronic pain proved fruitless.
Maybe you’ve seen similar pain symptoms in your own son or daughter, symptoms that only became worse as they grew up. Even though you tried everything you knew of to help your child, at some point you probably felt helpless, as no one seemed to know what was causing your child’s pain. And no pain management therapies – neither traditional nor alternative – made any lasting difference.
There is an answer to this seemingly hopeless problem, which can seriously hinder the life of not only the child, but also the family that loves them. The answer is education. That is, knowing the cause can lead one to finding the solution.
Your Active Child May Have A PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
The following sentence is most likely the cause of your child’s chronic pain – He/she probably has a PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity. This severe inherited abnormal foot structure causes the foot to twist as you walk. Unless you’ve closely examined the way your child walks, you’ve probably never noticed this foot twist. But it’s evident when you look at the heels of your child’s shoes, as the shoe heels will be unevenly worn (either the outside or inside).
The end result of this foot twist is bad posture, resulting in strained muscles and misaligned joints. Even if your child is active and in otherwise good health, over a period of time, if their poor posture is not permanently corrected, the muscles become more and more painful and the joints deteriorate and become inflamed.
Unlike the first inherited abnormal foot structure which I discovered (the Rothbarts Foot) that usually starts manifesting muscle and joint pain in adulthood; the PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity is much more severe and starts manifesting pain in early childhood. As the child grows, their pain can spread throughout their body and become debilitating.
To eliminate your active child’s multitude of problems that stem from their PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, the only effective course of action is to decrease their foot twist and permanently correct their posture so that their muscles and joints can naturally heal themselves. A highly effective therapy – Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy – does just that.
Reading the Curing Chronic Pain website will give you more information about the abnormal foot structures Professor/Dr. Rothbart discovered that cause many forms of chronic muscle and joint pain and help you determine whether an Initial Phone Consultation with Professor/Dr. Rothbart might be helpful.
For a more complete explanation of the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, read:
Abnormal Foot Structures That Cause Chronic Pain
To find out if you may have one of two common inherited, abnormal foot structures that cause chronic muscle and joint pain, take the Rothbarts Foot Questionnaire.
As you learn more about Professor /Dr. Rothbart’s innovative therapy, you may find that addressing and effectively treating your foot structure may be the missing link to ending your long time battle with unrelenting muscle and joint pain.
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Professor/Dr. Brian A. Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and the PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of International Academy of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Author of Forever Free From Chronic Pain