Pediatric Flatfoot

Cardio Metabolic Institute

Multi-Specialty Group located in Somerset, Monroe Twp, East Brunswick, and Edison, NJ

Pediatric flatfoot is common and can lead to changes in the way your child walks, as well as pain and tenderness. If your child has flat feet, schedule a pediatric podiatry evaluation at Cardio Metabolic Institute in Somerset, Monroe Township, or East Brunswick, New Jersey. You can book an appointment right online or you can call your nearest location directly.

Pediatric Flatfoot Q & A

What is pediatric flatfoot?

Pediatric flatfoot means that your child’s arches are either partially or totally collapsed. While most children who have flat feet are born with the condition, flat feet may not actually be obvious for a few years. In general, pediatric flatfoot can be broken down into two types, which are described below.

Flexible pediatric flatfoot

With flexible pediatric flatfoot, your child’s arches fall or shrink when they stand. But their arches quickly reappear when your little one sits down or stands on their tiptoes. This is the most common type of pediatric flatfoot. 

Rigid pediatric flatfoot

With rigid pediatric flatfoot, your child’s arches stay either partially or totally fallen, even when they’re sitting. This is a more rare type of flatfoot. 

When should I take my child to the podiatrist for flat feet?

Flat feet in children are very common and not necessarily anything to worry about. Many children outgrow flat feet and develop visible arches before they start kindergarten. 

If you notice any of the following issues, or if your child complains of them, come into Cardio Metabolic Institute for a pediatric flat feet evaluation:

  • Changes or abnormalities in walking, such as intoeing
  • Foot, ankle, or leg tenderness or cramping
  • Pain along the bottom of their feet
  • Discomfort while walking
  • Heels that tilt outward

You might also notice that your child has difficulty with footwear and never seems to be comfortable in shoes. They may tend to take their shoes off regularly. 

Some children develop such uncomfortable symptoms with flat feet, they stop participating in playtime or sports. If any of these signs or symptoms sound familiar, schedule a pediatric podiatry evaluation at Cardio Metabolic Institute.

What is the treatment for flat feet in children?

Your child’s flatfoot treatment plan just depends on whether their arches are flexible or rigid, as well as the severity of their symptoms. Treating pediatric flat feet can include:

  • Custom orthotics
  • Physical therapy
  • Bracing or splinting
  • Shoe modifications

In severe cases, your dedicated podiatrist at Cardio Metabolic Institute could recommend surgery. Pediatric flatfoot surgery involves correcting any deformities and releasing rigid connective tissues, so your child’s flat feet symptoms resolve. 

Book your child’s foot and ankle evaluation at Cardio Metabolic Institute today. Schedule online or call any office to speak with a team member.