We don’t wish to alarm you, but there is an epidemic among our newborns: flat feet! Also extreme, overwhelming cuteness.
In all seriousness, almost everyone is born with flat feet. It is not until we begin to walk that our arches should begin to develop. Seeing flatfoot in your child is usually not a huge cause for concern, even if you see your child’s arches disappear sometimes when he or she stands. Time is often all that is needed to fully establish the arches, but things should still be periodically monitored as your child grows. Why? Because sometimes flat feet don’t go away into adulthood.
However, not all cases of flatfoot in adulthood are a result of arches not developing in childhood. Adult-acquired flatfoot is a condition in which an established arch begins to fall. This often occurs when the posterior tibial tendon, responsible for supporting the foot, becomes inflamed, torn, or otherwise weakened. Other conditions such as arthritis or an injury to the joints are also sometimes responsible for flat feet in adults.
That leaves us still with the big question, though: if you have flatfoot as an adult, should you worry about your kids maturing with it too? Ultimately, not really. While there are some foot abnormalities that can be passed down through families that increase the odds of flatfoot, these are not common. By all means, please let us know if there is a history of flatfoot in your family, but the best way to prevent problems with your child is to see us now and then to make sure their arches are developing normally.
For any problems with flatfoot, young or old, Dr. Sanjay Patel and the staff at Family Foot Care & Surgery are here to provide expert care to relieve pain and provide proper support for your feet. Scheduling an appointment with us is as easy as filling out or online form or calling one of our two offices: (203) 876-7736 for Milford or (203) 288-4055 for Hamden.