Flat feet in children
A Major Problem For children
FLAT FEET IN CHILDREN
Frequently Asked Questions
We like to ask our pediatric patients with flat feet, “Who gave you those feet?”
or in adults we ask “Who did you give those feet too?”
The first thing most parents notice when their children have flat feet is that they have a great deal of difficulty keeping up with their peers. When they participate in sports, the parents notice that the child “runs funny”.
Also, the child seems to tire easily in most cases. Many times the chief complaint is the patient is unable to go to the mall or Sea World or any other place that requires prolonged walking without wanting to sit down every 30 minutes.
Children generally do not complain of pain with flat feet. They usually complain of getting tired.
Flat feet are also associated with increased knee pain and cartilage erosion of the knees later in life. Hip pain and back pain are also associated with flat feet.
What I have observed in 30 years of the practice of medicine is just a gradual decreasing quality of life for children with flat feet. They become less and less active and as a result they generally gain weight.
They avoid activities that would otherwise keep them healthy. It’s not that they’re lazy. It’s that it’s difficult for them to pursue normal activities that are not problematic for children with normal feet.
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Flat feet can be a major problem for kids. Many people (some doctors included) think it is just something you have to live with. This is not the case.
So if you think your child is struggling with flat feet give us a call and let us discuss which options might be best for you and your child.
ARCH SUPPORTS | CUSTOM ORTHOTICS
Generally speaking there are two types of flat feet in children. Rigid and flexible. They are not the same type of flat foot. Rigid flat feet NEVER respond to arch supports. Flexible flat feet ALMOST NEVER respond to arch supports.
That being said some type of support is a reasonable first step. Over the counter supports are much less expensive and can help some kids with minimal, easily reducible flat feet. Custom supports are more expensive and can help more severe deformities.
The advantage of any supports is that it can be done quickly and easily and really doesn’t cause any problems.
The disadvantage is that they really never really CORRECT the problem they just temporarily support the foot in a better position, maybe. Long term studies show that they cause no significant improvement in the arch height. In February of 2020 a review of the literature article published in Foot Ankle Surgery exploring the effectiveness of orthotics or arch supports concluded that: “There is no strong evidence that the long-term use of orthoses improved the structural problem of pediatric flexible flat foot .”
Advanced & Minimally Invasive
TREATMENTS & SURGERIES
Dr. Silvester and Dr. Larsen specialize in many advanced minimally and non-invasive treatments, and if necessary, advanced minimally invasive and traditional surgical techniques with patient proven success stories.
Some of those are used to treat your child's flat feet, such as:
Chronic pain is NEVER something your child should expected to live with!
Does your child walk funny?
Sign's your child may have a problem with their feet:
Dr. Silvester talks about Flat Feet in Children and how we can help you.
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- The Next Step Difference: Flat Feet in Children
- Next Step Foot and Ankle Clinic’s Case of The Month: Flat Foot Patient – Before and After
- Treatment for Flat Feet | HyProCure – Pediatric Flat Foot Interview
- The Three Causes of Heel Pain