Flat Feet is a condition where the foot doesn’t have a normal arch. Most feet have an arch on the inside of the foot; however, some children may have flat feet, also known as fallen arches.
Flat feet occur when the arch on the inside of the foot does not develop and the entire sole of the foot is touching the ground. It can affect one or both feet.
Babies and most toddlers appear to have flat feet due to their “baby fat” which disguises the developing arch. The arch on the inside of the foot may begin to develop at age 4 and should be developed by age 10.
What problems can arise?
Loss of balance
Trip over often
Signs and symptoms
Flat feet are generally caused by loose joint connections and baby fat between the foot bones. These conditions make the arch in your child’s foot fall when they stand up. This is why you sometimes hear flat feet being referred to as “fallen arches.”
The feet may look like they have arches when your child is sitting or when the big toe is bent backward, but the arch flattens when your child puts any weight on their foot. Children who have rigid or stiff flat feet may have a more serious problem and may require further treatment
If your child is complaining of foot pain or ankle pain it’s best to take them to see a Podiatrist. At Children’s Podiatry Clinic we are able to assess your child and provide appropriate treatment options and advice.