Did you know you probably came into this world with flat feet? Babies, who develop arches as they grow, almost always have flat feet. However, some children’s feet do not develop their arches at all. When should you become concerned about your child’s flat feet? Find out more about this condition and when it requires treatment with Dr. Eric Silvers, Dr. Dustin Lloyd and Dr. Christopher Witt at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center with offices in McKinney and Prosper, TX.
What is pediatric flatfoot?
Flatfoot occurs when the arch of the foot never develops or falls later on in life. Flatfoot in children occurs when the arch fails to develop until after the age of five or never develops at all. Undiagnosed or untreated pediatric flatfoot can cause problems later on in life. Aching pain along the foot where the arch should be is a well-known indicator of flatfoot.
How is pediatric flatfoot diagnosed?
Your child’s podiatrist will use a physical examination to determine whether or not your child suffers from flatfoot. Doctors can normally see the symptoms of flatfoot visually, as the foot appears flat to the naked eye. Additionally, the foot’s arch will form when the child goes onto his or her tip toes. Children can inherit this condition, making providing your family history to your child’s doctor important in the diagnosis process.
Pediatric Flatfoot Treatments in McKinney and Prosper, TX
Treatments for flatfoot may begin conservatively with specialized stretches and exercises specific to your child’s symptoms and needs. Orthotics, or shoe inserts, may also prove beneficial in helping align the foot and decrease instances of flatfoot-related pain and discomfort. These orthotics can also help with the wear and tear of your child’s shoes, which, due to their flatfoot, may wear unevenly or quicker than normal. Physical therapy can help your child build strength and increase the range of motion in the muscles in their feet. In rare cases, your podiatrist may suggest surgery to correct flatfoot.
For more information on pediatric flat feet, please contact your podiatrist at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center at one of their locations in McKinney and Prosper, TX. Call (972) 542-2155 to schedule your appointment at either location today!