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Causes and Managing of Flat Feet in Children

Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Flat feet, medically termed pes planus, is a common condition among children, indicated by a lack of arch in the foot. While many children naturally outgrow flat feet as they develop, some may experience persistent symptoms that warrant attention. The causes of flat feet in children vary, including genetics, lax ligaments, muscle weakness, or developmental abnormalities. Additionally, factors like obesity, improper footwear, or excessive standing can worsen the condition. Identifying flat feet in children involves observing certain signs, such as foot pain, fatigue, or an uneven gait. Although flat feet often do not cause significant issues, severe cases may lead to discomfort and difficulty walking. They may even contribute to other lower limb problems later in life. Management strategies typically focus on alleviating symptoms through supportive footwear, orthotic inserts, or stretching exercises. If your child does not gradually develop arches in their feet, it is suggested that a podiatrist be consulted who can conduct an exam and monitor flat feet.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Kevin H. Lapoff of Lake Worth Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Lake Worth, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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