Many babies are born with flat feet, which can last well into childhood. Since children’s bones are so flexible this is the reason why flat feet are so common among babies and infants. If you think your child’s flat feet are causing issues for them it might be the time you saw your Phoenix podiatrists Dr. Michael Dershowitz and Dr. Floyd Miller for a proper diagnosis.
How can I tell if my child has flat feet?
You’ll be able to see if your child has flat feet by examining their feet when they aren’t standing to see if they have an arch and then checking to see if it disappears when they are standing. You may also notice that your child’s feet turn out.
Flat feet will often go away by the time a child is about six years ago, as the bones and joints become less flexible. Only about 10-20 percent of children will continue to deal with flat feet as they reach full maturity. But you can breathe a little sigh of relief because unless your child is dealing with pain or stiffness treatment usually isn’t necessary.
But this doesn’t mean that there aren’t forms of flat feet that will actually requirement treatment from your Phoenix, AZ podiatrist. If your little one has tightness in the Achilles tendon that limits movement this condition can cause flat feet. But we can show them effective stretching exercises that can help to lengthen the tendon and reduce the chances of flat feet.
Very rarely do we see children with rigid flat feet, but this issue can make it difficult for your child to move the foot around and can be very painful. If left untreated, rigid flat feet can also cause arthritis.
When should my child see someone?
It’s important to call our podiatric office in Phoenix if your child is experiencing any of these symptoms,
- Foot pain or pressure
- Foot stiffness or rigidness
- Limited foot movement
- Limited ankle motion
If you think your child is suffering from flat feet then it’s time you got some answers. Here at Southwest Foot Institute, our Boise foot doctors can create a customized treatment plan to cater to your little one’s symptoms, needs and lifestyle. Schedule an appointment today!