There are a range of complex factors which can result in an infant, child or adolescent displaying paediatric flatfoot. To ensure we have the full picture, our Lismore based podiatrists will conduct an in-depth assessment relative to the patient’s age.
What is Paediatric Flatfoot?
Paediatric flatfoot is a very common condition. Young children’s bones and joints are extremely flexible which can result in the entire sole of a child’s foot making contact with the ground while standing and walking. It will often look as if the arches are collapsed or caved in. Although there are different levels of severity, it can appear as if the arches are bulging unnaturally out of the inner mid-section of the foot.
In light of this, it is important to understand that flatfoot in children and flatfoot in adults are two very different conditions and need to be treated as such.
Mostly, children tend to outgrow paediatric flatfoot (also referred to as pes planus and fallen arches), however, it’s not uncommon to see this condition in later years. Growth related changes in the feet’s alignment and mobility means that a child’s feet continue to change drastically until approximately their teenage years once skeletal maturity in the feet is reached. For this reason, it is wise to seek the expert opinion of a podiatrist.
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