Pediatric Flatfoot Reconstruction Surgery
Some pediatric patients require surgical correction for flat feet
Flatfoot Reconstruction Surgery Treatment, Symptoms, and Prevention
What Is Flatfoot Reconstruction Surgery?
Flatfoot reconstruction surgery includes a number of procedures to correct dysfunction and issues caused by flat feet.
- Bone cuts and realignment
- Joint fusion
- Ligament reconstruction
- Tendon repair and transfer
To determine which procedure is needed, your pediatric podiatrist must first determine the underlying cause of your child’s flat feet.
HyProCure Treats Flatfoot and Overpronation
HyProCure is a relatively new technology that’s highly effective. It’s minimally invasive, offering quick recovery times and permanent correction in nearly 95 percent of cases, even when performed on a child. For that reason, it’s Dr. Jarman’s preferred procedure for treating flat feet. For more information, please see our page on HyProCure.
Who Requires Flatfoot Reconstruction Surgery?
Although flat feet are common, flatfoot reconstruction surgery is not. It is typically reserved for patients whose condition causes chronic pain that does not improve with non-surgical (i.e. conservative) treatment.
Flat feet are common through at least age 3. If the condition persists after the child turns 3, your podiatrist may begin conservative treatment options, the most common being orthotics and calf stretches. However, it’s more likely the doctor will simply observe how the condition progresses until your child starts Kindergarten.
Only around 15 percent of children do not outgrow flatfoot. And even if they don’t, the vast majority do not require surgery.
What Happens When You Visit the Podiatrist?
To determine whether your child requires surgery – and what surgery they may need – Dr. Jarman conducts a clinical exam. He looks at the feet in both the standing and seated positions to help diagnose the underlying cause of your child’s condition.
While your child stands, Dr. Jarman looks at the position of the hindfoot, the degree of arch collapse, and any widening or splaying of the foot. He also realigns the arch manually to determine the amount of correction and how supple the hind- and forefoot are.
With your child in the seated position, Dr. Jarman examines the lower leg muscles, comparing range of motion with the knee bent versus straightened.
Alignment between hindfoot and forefoot is the main consideration in determining the correction best suited to resolve your child’s particular issue.