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Should You Worry About Pediatric Flatfoot?

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Flat feet in children is something to monitor, but not worry too much about.The Boynton Beach Recreation and Parks Department offers a wide range of activities to keep children of all ages busy during the summer! Whether your child wants to participate in art classes, dance, tennis, computer courses, or athletic events, they have a program that will fit. Of course, you might be worried about your son or daughter missing out on the more physical activities—now or in the future—on account of flatfoot. We want you to know that there might not be as much to worry about with pediatric flatfoot as you might think.

For the most part, parents start becoming concerned about flatfoot issues once their children start walking. At this stage in a child’s development, the foot arches might not have even begun to form yet, so concern is premature. Once a child hits around three years of age, the arches begin taking shape, but there is still no immediate need for worry about your child’s flat feet.

Flexible flat feet is a fairly common condition experienced by children. The condition is marked by arches that disappear when the child is standing, but can be observed when he or she is sitting or rises up on tiptoes. This can continue until around age 8, when the arches harden.

After this point, the rule of thumb is that treatment is not necessary unless the condition causes either pain or discomfort. Something to keep in mind is that low arches can lead to overpronation, which is an excessive inwards rolling motion of the feet that takes place with every step. This pronation abnormality can cause issues, including pain in the foot, leg, hip, and even back. Additionally, if your child is predisposed to juvenile bunions, overpronation can exacerbate that particular condition.

However, the odds are pretty decent that you don’t have anything to worry about with regard to your child’s flat feet. Even so, bring your son or daughter in and we can determine the root cause and make sure there aren’t any underlying issues that could create problems later on. Keep in mind that we are always here to provide the foot care and treatment you and your family need.

Contact Palm Beach Podiatry online, or call any of our three locations. You can reach our Boynton Beach, FL office at (561) 734-3100, our Loxahatchee office at (561) 791-7773, or our Fort Pierce office at (772) 468-0089.

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