Are Flat Feet a Concern in Childhood?
If you have a small child, you likely already worry about a multitude of misfortunes befalling him or her. What if they get launched off the swing at Buehler Park or have a foul ball careen their way at a Bombers’ game? Parents are almost always on disaster watch, and picking up on flat feet when your child walks can raise red flags.
Is there really a lot to be concerned about, though? Well, maybe, but don’t sound the alarms just yet. Children’s flatfoot is a relatively common sight and can be part of a child’s standard foot development. The arches tend to disappear when standing and reappear when the child sits or stands on his or her tiptoes. This often comes with no pain or outward symptoms.
Most children with flat feet of this manner will outgrow the condition by the time they hit 5 years of age and their arches strengthen. We still recommend, however, that you arrange for a precautionary examination here at Family Foot & Ankle Care of Jasper. Most of the time, nothing will have to be done other than keeping an eye on the condition. Sometimes, however, your child’s flat feet can be causing pain or other symptoms, and some cases have a risk of remaining into adulthood. In these cases, action should be taken to address the issue.
You can’t keep your children safe from everything, but you can help make sure flat feet don’t have the potential to cause pain and trouble. Our office across from IGA, is here for all your foot and ankle needs, both big and small. Contact us at (812) 481-7200 or use our online form to get in touch!