Nope! A "normal" foot has an arch. But honestly arch heights are like noses or eye shape, we don't say that's an abnormal nose or eye! They're just different. The difference is many kids with flat feet have pain or instability but we just don't know it. The key is identifying these 'symptoms' and their foot type.
Children do not complain about foot pain and if they do it's cause for prompt evaluation to find the cause! But they do complain of other things that should alert us that they are having pain. Tiredness, not wanting to walk or play sports, clumsiness, and ankle sprains are all a sign that your child's feet are causing them pain and need to be treated.
There are also some things you may see as a parent that will tell you it's time to make an appointment with one of our docs. Tripping and falling, walking that looks different than your other children, even heavy walking can be a sign that their foot type needs to be treated.
Also if flat feet, bunions, hammertoes and other foot problems seem to run in your family, it's a good idea to have your child's feet evaluated. An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure!
At PPFAC, our doctors are moms too and we know that kid's feet grow fast. Some children need custom orthotics, like eye glasses, and sometimes there is no way around it. However, we now carry a semi-custom orthotic line that can be much more cost effective in managing your child's foot type, especially during times of rapid growth.
We offer a free pediatric screening clinic and if you aren't sure whether your child needs to see one of our doctors it's a great place to start.