Pediatric Flat Feet

Pediatric flat feet can be classified as symptomatic or asymptomatic, and are very common. Typically, surgical intervention is not required. Symptomatic flat feet display symptoms such as pain and limitation of activity, while asymptomatic flat feet show no symptoms at all. Flat feet can be apparent at birth or it can show up years later. Most children with flat feet have no symptoms, but some have one or more of the following symptoms:

  •  Voluntary withdrawal from physical activities
  • Outward tilting of the heel
  • Awkwardness or changes in walking
  • Difficulty wearing shoes
  • Reduced energy
  • Pain, tenderness, or cramping in the foot, leg and knee

Your Cape Coral, Foot and Ankle Center Podiatrist’s diagnose your child’s flat feet by examining the foot and observing how it looks when he or she stands and sits. We will observe how your child walks and will evaluate the range of motion of the foot. Because flat feet can sometimes be related to problems in the leg, we may also examine the knee and hip. X-rays may be used to determine the severity of the deformity. Additional imaging and tests may be needed for further diagnosis.

Visit the Foot and Ankle Center in Cape Coral for further diagnosis and treatment options for your child’s flat foot condition. It is important to find relief for your child’s pain so that he or she can enjoy daily activities.

Arin J Sheingold, DPM