Parenting seems to come with an endless list of things to worry about! Each stage of growth seems to add a whole new set of items to the late-night “is this normal?” Google sessions that every parent does. One common area of parental worry, centered around the standing, cruising, and walking stages, is flat feet.
Some parents worry that their children’s feet are not leveling out properly and seem to appear flat. This isn’t always a cause for alarm as the arches in our feet take time to develop. Feet are considered fully developed at the age of 8. It’s natural to worry though, so here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we wanted to give you a few things to look for.
If you see the following issues, you might need to be concerned about your child’s flat feet:
Affected walking pattern. The way we walk, or our gait, is biomechanically specific to each of us. Children with flat feet tend to roll their foot inward excessively. This excessive in-rolling is called overpronation.
Fatigue in walking. It’s normal for most kids to want to be picked up and carried from place to place, but if your child has flat feet and seems to get very tired after walking, it could be a sign of discomfort.
Pain. If your child has pain in their heel, arch, or anywhere else in their foot or ankle, it is definitely time to bring them in to see a podiatrist. Even pain in the lower back or hips can be a sign of a greater issue in their feet.
If your son or daughter is experiencing pain or discomfort due to flatfoot, make an appointment to see one of our doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers. Treatment options often range from cutting down on certain activities, losing weight, starting physical therapy, orthotic devices, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication. Click here to schedule an appointment or call one of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices today!