Until last year, my 10 year old son could run around, walk all day long. Today, he has been diagnosed with flat feet that overpronate so much that he has special inserts. The mystery is this: he also has stiffness in his joints after walking or being on his feet for 15 minutes on average. He ways it's like his ankles turn to stone. We sit together and slowly stretch his ankles and move them around until they loosen up. We went to see a Rheumatologist in August and JRA was ruled out. We did find he was borderline anemic and he is currently taking a children's vitamin with iron. An orthopedic doctor took x-rays and said he ankles looked fine... not sure how that can be since when my son stands up he is so overpronated his achilles tendon curves and his feet actually almost looked clubfooted. So, he is in PT to get more flexable but the joint stiffness has not gone away or gotten any better. Also, he cannot bend his wrists back (how you wrists might look when you do push-ups) without saying it hurts. He says it feels like pain is shooting up and down the wrist area. Please, oh please is there someone out there who has or is going through this? Need advice, suggestions,etc. We are scheduled to see the Rheumatologist in October again since the pain/stiffness has not disappeared and are going to see his pediatrican about getting a referral to see a different orthopedic doctor. Is there anything else I'm missing? I cannot except at this time that my son "has to live with this pain and stiffness for the rest of his life." I'd need 5 doctors to tell me the same thing before I'd accept it.
Thanks (A mom looking for the underlying cause)