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When to Worry About Flat Feet in Children

Flat feet in children might cause concern, but few cases require immediate attention. Still, it is important to be aware of when to investigate your child’s flat feet to ensure their foot health. First, it’s good to remember that babies are born with flat feet, but their arches usually normalize as the child ages, and bones in the foot form. But if your child experiences foot pain, it's a clear sign that a closer look is needed. Additionally, if you notice differences between their left and right feet, or if their feet appear to be getting flatter as the child grows, it may be time to seek advice from a podiatrist. Flat feet should not hinder a child's gait development or delay them in reaching developmental milestones. If your child experiences unexplained difficulties with walking, running, or participating in sports, it's wise to consult a podiatrist. Lastly, heredity may play a role in your child’s development of flat feet. While flat feet are common in children, it's important to be vigilant and seek professional evaluation when necessary. For more information and an exam, it is suggested that you seek the help of a podiatrist for your child.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Charles Oehrlein, DPM of Hoover Foot Care. Our practitioner can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Hoover, AL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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