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What can you do for flat feet in kids?

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Dr. Jenny Frances
Orthopedic Surgery - Pediatric
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In brief: Normal

If there is no pain associated, no treatment is necessary.
Very young children develop an arch later in life. Older children can become flatfooted as the grow. Orthotics do not change the natural history in children, rather they can not prevent being flatfooted in children growing. If there is pain, careful evaluation is indicated. In such cases orthotics and stretches of achilles help.

In brief: Normal

If there is no pain associated, no treatment is necessary.
Very young children develop an arch later in life. Older children can become flatfooted as the grow. Orthotics do not change the natural history in children, rather they can not prevent being flatfooted in children growing. If there is pain, careful evaluation is indicated. In such cases orthotics and stretches of achilles help.
Dr. Jenny Frances
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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry
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In brief: Evaluation

This would require a full and comprehensive evaluation by a physician trained in this area and for this age.
There are a multitude of reasons for flat foot and as many ways to address. Generally, speaking treatment is conservative and in severe cases that will require surgery we wait until skeletal maturity surgery is achieved.

In brief: Evaluation

This would require a full and comprehensive evaluation by a physician trained in this area and for this age.
There are a multitude of reasons for flat foot and as many ways to address. Generally, speaking treatment is conservative and in severe cases that will require surgery we wait until skeletal maturity surgery is achieved.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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Dr. Jay Park
Pediatrics
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In brief: Usually nothing

Flatfeet are common in infants and toddlers, and may be less noticeable when the longitudinal arch develops between 5 and 10 yr of age.
Long-term problems or disability is very unlikely. Hence, treatment is reserved for those who develop symptom such as hindfoot pain or those with abnormal shoe wear.

In brief: Usually nothing

Flatfeet are common in infants and toddlers, and may be less noticeable when the longitudinal arch develops between 5 and 10 yr of age.
Long-term problems or disability is very unlikely. Hence, treatment is reserved for those who develop symptom such as hindfoot pain or those with abnormal shoe wear.
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park
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In brief: Custom orthotics

Helps prevent a multitude of problems which occur in adults.

In brief: Custom orthotics

Helps prevent a multitude of problems which occur in adults.
Dr. Michael Genkin
Dr. Michael Genkin
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: Examine at check-ups

Children's feet are examined at check-ups.
If a child has no symptoms except feet that look flat, but the feet are judged "normal for age" by the doctor, then just expect re-examination at the next check-up. If the child is older (about 8 yrs), is heavy, is training in sports, has toes that aren't straight, or has a pronated gait (foot arch rolls inward when walking); treatment may be recommended.

In brief: Examine at check-ups

Children's feet are examined at check-ups.
If a child has no symptoms except feet that look flat, but the feet are judged "normal for age" by the doctor, then just expect re-examination at the next check-up. If the child is older (about 8 yrs), is heavy, is training in sports, has toes that aren't straight, or has a pronated gait (foot arch rolls inward when walking); treatment may be recommended.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics

In brief: Usually nothing

Most of the time flat feet in kids is a normal finding and does not require any therapy.
If it is causing back pain over the counter orthotics can be used to help.

In brief: Usually nothing

Most of the time flat feet in kids is a normal finding and does not require any therapy.
If it is causing back pain over the counter orthotics can be used to help.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Pediatrics

In brief: Depends on age

Feet usually appear flat in infants and young children because of a fat pad.
As the child gets older if there is pronation of the feet especially associated with knee or back pain then an arch support or referral to a foot doctor would be in order.

In brief: Depends on age

Feet usually appear flat in infants and young children because of a fat pad.
As the child gets older if there is pronation of the feet especially associated with knee or back pain then an arch support or referral to a foot doctor would be in order.
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
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