Children’s flatfoot is common and doesn’t usually affect mobility. Most babies are born with a fairly flat arch. The midfoot tightens and adjusts as small children learn to walk. Even then, the arch usually isn’t visible until the child is five or six. Occasionally children never develop much of an arch. Typically this isn’t a problem unless their flat feet are causing them pain. Usually treatment involves shoe changes or orthotics for support, or physical therapy that stretches out strained tissues and builds up strength to support feet.
If your child’s feet are in pain, then you should seek treatment from specialists like Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS and Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS. They will evaluate your young one’s lower limbs and help you determine the best way to eliminate the discomfort. Contact Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists for an appointment or more information by calling our Austin office at (512) 328-8900 or visiting our online contact page.