The term flat foot is used to describe the lack of arch in the foot. When a child has flat feet, the foot has little to no arch.
Resulting in a foot that is unable to function at its peak and a cause of many potential problems in later years.
Due to this, the knees and ankles take the brunt of the impact, causing a great deal of discomfort and pain.
It is often easier to treat flat feet than to treat the symptoms, as the flat feet will improve when the foot is corrected.
The two most common causes of flat feet in children are a genetic disposition and hyper flexibility.
Some children are simply predisposed to having flat feet, or even low-arched feet.
It is also well known that children have higher flexibility ranges than adults.
While a majority of children have hyperflexible joints in their young years until their bones fully develop and harden.
Especially in areas of the body where there are lots of joint spaces (for example the hands and the feet).
This means their feet have to take on the pressures of their body weight and if they are hyper-flexible alongside this fact, then, this is the reason why children are more prone to having flat feet.
Your child’s growth milestones will create a noticeable change in their walking pattern between the ages of 2 and 8. Their hips will influence their walking pattern while the hip socket forms.
Parents are naturally worried about their child’s growth and with growth comes worrying about flat feet.
We’ve gone through when it’s normal for your child to have flattened arches and now let’s go through the signs it’s time to see a podiatrist.
Although it can be normal for your child to have flat feet there are still exceptions to this rule.
The most important signs to look out for are the following:
So if both feet don’t move the same way AND there is associated discomfort, THEN it’s time to see a Podiatrist.
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