Treating Your Child's Flat Feet
It’s actually totally normal for your baby’s feet to look flat! This is because babies are born with a pad of fat in the area of the arch and their foot and leg muscles are not developed enough to support their arches when they first begin to stand. The arch doesn’t usually develop until the age of 3 or 4 and some pronation is normal in children under the age of 6. If they are under 6 and you are concerned, have them stand on their tiptoes, if an arch forms, then that is normal, however if it doesn’t by age 5-6 then treatment may be required.
Developmental flatfoot is often overlooked even though it is one of the most common musculoskeletal abnormalities affecting the foot of children and teenagers. If they are flat, non-painful, and not deformed, then it is usually thought to be normal and assumed they will grow of out of it, but that is not always true! If you want to see if they will grow out of their flat feet, then look at the parent’s feet, if mom or dad still has flat feet, then their child will most likely not grow out of it, too.
We believe in early intervention for several reasons, including:
- Improve coordination
- Improve foot alignment
- Improve balance, posture, and strength
- Eliminate pain
Because children are constantly growing and changing, conservative treatment is very effective. Treatment can include regular use of foot orthotics, physical therapy, and at-home strength, balance, and coordination exercises.
A solid foundation is the key to building a sturdy structure, so let us help to make sure your child is starting off on the right foot!