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Why Does My Child Have Flat Feet?

Monday, 27 January 2020 00:00

Research has indicated that the majority of babies are born with flat feet. This is a result of flexible bones, ligaments, and tendons which prevent the arch from forming. When children are approximately age six, the feet will become stronger, and the arch will develop. Research has shown there are a small percentage of children who will continue to have flat feet throughout their lives. This condition may be acceptable to live with, as long as the feet are not stiff, and there is no pain. There may be physical reasons why flat feet occur. These can include having a tight Achilles tendon, or having rigid feet. This may cause difficulty in moving the foot in any direction, and could lead to arthritis. If your child has not outgrown flat feet, it is strongly suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can help you to determine the reason.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact one of our podiatrists of North Bay Ankle & Foot Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Petaluma and Sonoma, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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