Richardson, TX is home to over 30 different neighborhood parks and boasts 23.75 miles of trails! Spring is a great time to take advantage of these community resources, especially with their natural beauty of blooming wildflowers and blossoming trees. This season of growth reminds us of human development, particularly with regard to children and flat feet. We know that it can be concerning not to see healthy foot arches in your children, but let’s examine this situation.
New parents take note of every detail when it comes to their children. This means that you may look at your baby’s feet and be alarmed to how flat they are. Well, let us put your mind at ease by letting you know that this is quite normal. Your infant has fat pads that obscure the young, developing foot arches. You can rest assured knowing that this will not affect his or her ability to learn how to walk!
If your toddler still has flat feet, you might very well be worried about long term issues. No need to worry – arches don’t fully develop until around the age of five. If your son or daughter’s feet turn out, this will also contribute to the flatness you see. The out-turning will generally correct itself in time as your child grows, but, in the meantime, it increases the weight applied to the inner sides and makes the feet appear even flatter.
At the age of six and beyond, flat feet in children can start to become more of a concern, especially if they are withdrawing from sports or other physical activities they previously enjoyed. This is a sign that something is wrong and treatment may be required.
As a rule of thumb, if your young child is not displaying symptoms—pain, difficulty with shoes, awkwardness with walking—there is no need for treatment. You may still want to have the condition observed and periodically re-evaluated by our office, though, to ensure that arch and foot development is on a normal path.
Whether your child needs care for his or her flat feet, or you would simply like an evaluation to assess the situation, Richards Podiatry Associates is here to help! We can perform gait analysis, craft custom orthotics, or provide additional information for you. Simply call our Richardson, TX office at (972) 690-5374 or use our online form to request an appointment.
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