In most cases, your child’s flat feet will not need treatment. Arches that appear flat are actually normal in young children. Babies and toddlers have thick, fatty padding that obscures the arch shape as it develops. Even older children may have flexible, painless flat feet that they eventually outgrow. However, some children don’t develop normal arches as they get older.
Only some children with low or nonexistent arches have any pain related to the condition. Many are able to walk and play sports without problems. Children only need flatfoot treatment if they complain about pain when standing, walking, or being active—or if their arches are rigid. Most methods for managing pediatric flatfoot are conservative. Shoe modifications and orthotic devices are the most common treatments. They help support the midfoot and distribute body weight evenly over the lower limbs. Sometimes stretching and other physical therapy exercises can help, too, especially if your child also has tight Achilles tendons. If you’re concerned about your child’s flat feet, let Dr. Sanjay Patel at Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. know. See how we can help. You can call our Milford office at (203) 876-7736 or our Hamden one at (203) 288-4055.