Paediatrics / Flat Feet

Flat feet are relatively common for children – particularly when they are young as the bones and musculature are still developing.

  • WHAT ARE FLAT FEET?
    • A condition where the foot flattens excessively and minimal arch can be seen
    • You may know this as ‘fallen arches’, ‘pronated feet’, or ‘rolling in’
    • Flat feet are relatively common for children – particularly when they are young as the bones and musculature are still developing
    • Flat feet become a cause for concern when the arch does not develop or the child is experiencing pain and/or fatigue
    • The arch will begin to develop and be noticeable by age 4 and should be fully developed by age 10
  • WHAT PROBLEMS COULD OCCUR FOR MY CHILD WITH FLAT FEET?
    • Sore/tired feet and legs
    • Sprained ankle
    • Loss of balance
    • Frequent tripping
    • Heel pain
    • Knee pain
    • Uncoordinated
    • Bunions
    • Hip/back pain
    • Strained muscles and/or ligaments of feet or legs
  • MY CHILD’S ARCH IS THERE WHEN SITTING BUT DISAPPEARS WHEN THEY STAND, DO THEY HAVE FLAT FEET?
    • This is known as a functional flat foot
    • Although it may seem like they have an arch, because we spend such large amounts of time weight bearing a functional flat foot will still experience similar problems to if the foot was flat at all times
    • Also as they naturally have an arch present, any treatment that is prescribed will be tolerated better than if the foot was rigid
  • HOW WILL A PODIATRIST MANAGE MY CHILD’S FLAT FEET?
    • A podiatrist will perform a full assessment on your child’s lower legs and feet to get the full picture on what is happening with your child
    • Depending on if your child is experiencing symptoms and whether the arch is developing as expected for their age, treatment will differ
    • The podiatrist may do the following:
      • Strapping the foot to assist pain relief and/or determine cause
      • Prescribe in shoe wedges that assist to lift the arch and improve foot position
      • Prescribe off-the-shelf or custom-made orthotics to restore the foot position and improve alignment
      • Prescribe a stretching and strengthening exercise program
      • Footwear education and recommendations
      • Monitor the arch progress and symptoms
  • WHAT ARE FLAT FEET?
    • A condition where the foot flattens excessively and minimal arch can be seen
    • You may know this as ‘fallen arches’, ‘pronated feet’, or ‘rolling in’
    • Flat feet are relatively common for children – particularly when they are young as the bones and musculature are still developing
    • Flat feet become a cause for concern when the arch does not develop or the child is experiencing pain and/or fatigue
    • The arch will begin to develop and be noticeable by age 4 and should be fully developed by age 10
  • WHAT PROBLEMS COULD OCCUR FOR MY CHILD WITH FLAT FEET?
    • Sore/tired feet and legs
    • Sprained ankle
    • Loss of balance
    • Frequent tripping
    • Heel pain
    • Knee pain
    • Uncoordinated
    • Bunions
    • Hip/back pain
    • Strained muscles and/or ligaments of feet or legs
  • MY CHILD’S ARCH IS THERE WHEN SITTING BUT DISAPPEARS WHEN THEY STAND, DO THEY HAVE FLAT FEET?
    • This is known as a functional flat foot
    • Although it may seem like they have an arch, because we spend such large amounts of time weight bearing a functional flat foot will still experience similar problems to if the foot was flat at all times
    • Also as they naturally have an arch present, any treatment that is prescribed will be tolerated better than if the foot was rigid
  • HOW WILL A PODIATRIST MANAGE MY CHILD’S FLAT FEET?
    • A podiatrist will perform a full assessment on your child’s lower legs and feet to get the full picture on what is happening with your child
    • Depending on if your child is experiencing symptoms and whether the arch is developing as expected for their age, treatment will differ
    • The podiatrist may do the following:
      • Strapping the foot to assist pain relief and/or determine cause
      • Prescribe in shoe wedges that assist to lift the arch and improve foot position
      • Prescribe off-the-shelf or custom-made orthotics to restore the foot position and improve alignment
      • Prescribe a stretching and strengthening exercise program
      • Footwear education and recommendations
      • Monitor the arch progress and symptoms

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