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Flat Feet in Children — When to Be Concerned

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Parents are concerned about the health of their children. From birth, they look over every inch of their newborn to make sure that everything is ok. The feet are no exception. In fact, counting ten little toes is often one of the first things parents do after they meet their baby for the first time.

What are other things that parents may notice about their infant’s feet? They’re typically flat, meaning that there is no arch. Baby feet are usually very flexible. Combine this with extra padding on the inside of the foot, and a tendency for the feet to turn outward—it’s no wonder that a baby’s feet look flat when standing.

Will the feet remain flat? For 80 to 90 percent of kids, the arch of the foot will develop by age 6. Other children will continue to have flat feet. Unless your child is having pain, or has limited foot motion, this common foot type does not need to be treated. However, if your child does complain of foot discomfort, or you notice a change in their activity level associated with this concern, you should schedule an appointment.

Rarely older children or teens develop a rigid flat foot that severely limits the range of motion of the foot. Other kids experience a tightening of the Achilles tendon, which causes a similar issue. It is important to visit the doctor in order to understand the cause of your child’s pain, and to determine the best treatment plan.

We all want our kids to be healthy—from their head to their toes. If you have concerns about your child’s feet, call our office today! Dr. Sanjay Patel and his staff will answer your questions, and get your child on the path toward healthy, pain-free feet. Call today! You can reach us at the Hamden, CT office at (203) 288-4055, or the Milford, CT office at (203) 876-7736, or make an appointment online.

Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
Dr. Patel has over 20 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.
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