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How to Recognize Flat Feet in Children

How to Recognize Pediatric Flat Feet

As a parent, you want to make sure your child has the best chance at a healthy and active life. One common concern parents may have is about the development of their child’s feet—specifically, the condition known as pediatric flat feet. This blog post will help you understand what flat feet are, how to recognize them, and what you can do to address this condition.

Understanding Flat Feet

Flat feet, medically known as pes planus, is a common condition where the arches on the inside of the feet are flattened, allowing the entire sole of the foot to touch the floor when standing. While it’s normal for infants and toddlers to have flat feet, the arches typically develop throughout childhood. However, in some cases, the arches might not fully develop, or they may collapse due to injury or wear and tear.

Recognizing Flat Feet

Some signs and symptoms of flat feet in children include:

  • The entire sole of the foot making contact with the ground.
  • Shoes wearing out unevenly or faster than usual.
  • Complaints of foot and heel pain or cramping, particularly during physical activities.
  • Unusual walking patterns, such as walking on the outer edges of the feet or an awkward gait.

Remember, it’s entirely normal for children under the age of 2 to appear to have flat feet, as the arch hasn’t yet developed.

Addressing Flat Feet in Children

If your child is experiencing pain or difficulty walking due to flat feet, it’s essential to seek medical advice. Here at Pediatric Foot & Ankle, we offer a range of services for diagnosing and treating flat feet in children.

Treatments can include:

  • Orthotic devices: Custom-designed shoe inserts can support the arch and distribute pressure more evenly across the foot. At Pediatric Foot & Ankle, we can create custom orthotics specifically tailored to your child’s needs.
  • Physical therapy: Exercises can help to strengthen the foot and leg muscles, improving function and often reducing symptoms.
  • Proper Foot Gear: Shoes that support the arch and cushion the heel can provide relief for children with flat feet.

In rare cases where conservative treatments aren’t effective and if the child is experiencing significant discomfort, surgical options might be considered.

Reach Out for Help

If you’re worried about your child’s feet or if they’re experiencing discomfort, don’t hesitate to reach out. At Pediatric Foot & Ankle, we’re committed to providing expert care for your child. Led by Dr. Mikkel Jarman, we specialize in pediatric podiatry, including the diagnosis and treatment of conditions like flat feet.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Let us partner with you in ensuring the health and well-being of your child’s feet.

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