When a child has flat feet, it means that the foot arch is absent. This condition, known as falling arch or pes planus, is common in children until their foot takes shape as they grow up. Kids have loose joint ligaments. At about 2 to 3 years of age, their arch becomes visible and continues developing until a proper arch is formed in adolescence. This problem typically occurs in one foot. After age 3, one can usually recognize that a child has flat feet. If it is hard to see, the foot can be dipped in ink or water and when standing, placed on a piece of paper or some other surface where the impression can be seen. Flat feet can be hereditary, caused by complications in the womb, fused bones, baby fat between the foot bones, injuries, or from the joint between two bones being very loose in small babies. Children usually do not face any problems with this issue. However, if a child has pain or fatigue when taking long walks, or if the child walks with a limp, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist to have their feet examined and treatment provided.
What Are Flat Feet?
Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.
Conditions & Problems:
Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.
Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.
Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.
- Pain around the heel or arch area
- Trouble standing on the tip toe
- Swelling around the inside of the ankle
- Flat look to one or both feet
- Having your shoes feel uneven when worn
If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle.
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