Signs & Symptoms of Pediatric Flatfoot
Flatfoot is a common disorder. There are several different forms of flatfoot, but they all have one thing in common: the total or partial collapse of the arch.
Pediatric flatfoot is a deformity that occurs in children. Flatfoot can occur in one or both feet.
Many children with flat feet have few or no symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they can vary according to the type of flatfoot.
Symptoms of pediatric flatfoot may include:
- Outward tilting of the heel
- Loss of energy when participating in physical activities
- Voluntary withdrawal from physical activities
- Difficulty walking while wearing shoes
- Pain, tenderness, or cramping in the knee, leg, or foot
- Awkwardness or changes in walking
Sometimes flatfoot is apparent at birth, but for others it could take many years before the deformity shows.
There are treatments available for pediatric flatfoot, including stretching exercises, custom orthotics, shoe changes, and/or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Remember to always consult a physician before taking any medication.
Your child will need to decrease any activities that are causing pain as well and avoid standing or walking for long periods of time.
If you believe your child is suffering from flat feet and would like to set up an appointment with our office, you can contact us at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.
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