Your child has flat feet, should you be concerned?

Treatment is not always required for children with flat feet. If your child is less than six years of age, they still have the potential to keep growing and changing and to develop an ‘ideal’ arch height.

You should be concerned if your child has only one flat foot or if they no longer want to participate in sports, and develops some of the symptoms below:

  • Generalised lower limb and foot pain during and after increased activity

  • Growing pains’, or leg pain that occurs in the evening and may disturb sleep

  • Awkward gait; poor coordination; clumsiness

  • Tired or easily fatigued legs (don’t want to do the grocery shopping)

  • Difficulty keeping up with their peers during sport and physical activity, sometimes no longer wanting to participate

  • Possible increased risk of growth plate problems such as Sever’s Disease and Osgood Schlatter’s disease

It is important to note that not all children with flat feet will develop symptoms!

What is the treatment of this condition?

If treatment is necessary for your child, this will involve supportive footwear and foot and lower limb strengthening exercises. Non-customised or customised foot supports (orthotics) may also be recommended. Supportive footwear and foot supports can quickly reduce a child’s symptoms and assist in improving their coordination and proprioception.

They also have a greater long-term benefit in encouraging normal development whilst reducing the likelihood of lower limb related problems such as foot, ankle, knee, hip and lower back pain in adulthood.

Please give Pioneer Podiatry a call today if you have any concerns regarding your child’s foot posture or development.