Being a parent is hard, and being a parent to a child who can’t run and play is even harder. Once you become a parent worrying becomes second nature. Every scratch, bruise, and stumble can make you fear the worst. Usually, it’s something easily treatable with a Band-Aid and a 5 minute break, but when your child starts to complain about foot pain, or you notice something doesn’t look quite right with their feet, you might not have the answers or even know the problem. The excerpt below helps explain flat feet in children and when you should be concerned.
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Flat Feet and Fallen Arches
Babies are often born with flat feet, which may persist well into their childhood. This occurs because children’s bones and joints are flexible, causing their feet to flatten when they stand. Young babies also have a fat pad on the inner border of their feet that hides the arch. You still can see the arch if you lift your baby up on the tips of the toes, but it disappears when he’s standing normally. The foot may also turn out, increasing the weight on the inner side and making it appear even more flat.
Normally, flat feet disappear by age six as the feet become less flexible and the arches develop. Only about 1 or 2 out of every 10 children will continue to have flat feet into adulthood. For children who do not develop an arch, treatment is not recommended unless the foot is stiff or painful. Shoe inserts won’t help your child develop an arch, and may cause more problems than the flat feet themselves.
However, certain forms of flat feet may need to be treated differently. For instance, a child may have tightness of the heel cord (Achilles tendon) that limits the motion of his foot. This tightness can result in a flat foot, but it usually can be treated with special stretching exercises to lengthen the heel cord. Rarely, a child will have truly rigid flat feet, a condition that can cause problems. These children have difficulty moving the foot up and down or side to side at the ankle.
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If you’re concerned that your child’s feet aren’t developing properly, or they constantly complain of foot pain, it’s time to visit a podiatrist. The arch in the foot is formed by several bones. When you’re born, this internal bone structure is either normal or it isn’t.
When the bones aren’t normal or stable it leads to a collapse of the arch also known as flat feet. The collapse of the arch is related to the misalignment of the ankle bone. When the ankle bone starts to slip off the heel bone it unlocks the bones in the middle of the foot, leading to the fallen arch, and causing flat feet.
There are many conservative treatments to try, but before you do, be sure to ask your doctor about the HyProCure® stent. It’s a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that places a small titanium stent into the naturally occurring space between the ankle bone and heel bone with the goal of realigning the feet. It’s safe for children and adults, and helps people live their life free of foot pain.
If you’re visiting or living in the New York area, schedule a consultation with a podiatrist in NYC at Adler Footcare to see if your child is a candidate for HyProCure®.
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