What Parents Need to Know About Pediatric Flatfoot

Most parents keep a watchful eye on their growing children, checking their development for any problems.

Pediatric flatfoot is a childhood foot condition that, if left untreated, can result in permanent deformity in adulthood.

Flatfoot deformity makes walking and exercise painful, increasing the risk of obesity.

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“Prents never want their child to undergo a surgical procedure, but uncorrected flatfoot can lead to chronic pain and instability as the child ages into adulthood.  A foot and ankle doctor can help parents understand the options  for treating pediatric flatfoot.

Sometimes children will complain of pain, tenderness or cramping in the foot, leg, and knee. Parents may notice an outward tilting of the heel, or awkwardness in walking..

Pediatric flatfoot makes participating in activities more difficult, so parents should take note if their child is unable to keep up with playmates, tires easily or qu.its

To diagnose a pediatric flatfoot, a foot and ankle doctor examines the child’s foot in weight bearing and non-weight bearing positions, both in and out of shoes.

A foot and ankle doctor  will observe  how the child walks and evaluate the foot’s range of motion. In some cases, flat feet are associated with issues of the hip and knee.

foot and ankle doctor may order imaging tests such as x-ray, a CT scan, MRI or bone scan. Family history will be evaluated as well, since the presence of flatfoot disorder in the family increases the possibility.

Pediatric flatfoot can be divided into two categories, flexible and rigid.

Flexible flatfoot is a normal arch when non-weight bearing, or sitting, and disappearance of the arch when standing. There may or may not be symptoms.

In rigid flatfoot the arch is stiff and flat when both sitting and standing. In most cases, children display symptoms associated with that type of flatfoot.

For children who exhibit symptoms, a foot and ankle doctor may recommend physical therapy, shoe modifications, anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen to reduce pain and inflammation, or an orthotic device, which fits inside the shoe and supports the structure of the foot. In some extreme cases, surgery may be needed.

Remember, any type of foot or ankle pain is never normal. A foot and ankle doctor can examine your feet and give you the best course of action.

Please call 626-447-2184 (Arcadia) or 818-408-2800 (San Fernando) to speak to a foot and ankle specialist about your foot and/or ankle needs.

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