Flatfoot Treatment for Children May Not Be Necessary

Every single one of us is born with flat feet. If you’re Pope Francis, you carried them over into adulthood and accommodate them with specially made shoes. Having flat arches doesn’t always have to be a problem, and flatfoot treatment isn’t always necessary—although for some people it can be helpful.

Children usually grow out of their flat-footedness by the age of three, but it can be as old as eight or nine. The best course of action with this condition is to wait and see. Sometimes there are no symptoms to be seen—no pain or gait abnormalities. Other times it becomes an issue that affects the general well-being of the child, and in these cases treatment is a viable option.

A common flatfoot treatment is using a custom-made orthotic, or just a regular arch support device. These can range in price, and your podiatrist will be able to help you make an informed decision about what will most benefit your child. Stretching, physical therapy, and casting can also be helpful. As always, in extremely severe cases surgery may be the only viable option.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s flat feet call Dr. Rahn Ravenell or schedule an appointment online. At Coastal Podiatry, LLC in Mt. Pleasant, SC we know how important your family is to you. We pride ourselves in providing the best podiatric treatment possible to people of all ages, so you know everyone in your family is well taken care of.

Dr. Rahn A. Ravenell

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