Causes and Managing of Flat Feet in Children
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Causes and Managing of Flat Feet in Children

Flat feet, medically termed pes planus, is a common condition among children, indicated by a lack of arch in the foot. While many children naturally outgrow flat feet as they develop, some may experience persistent symptoms that warrant attention. The causes of flat feet in children vary, including genetics, lax ligaments, muscle weakness, or developmental abnormalities. Additionally, factors like obesity, improper footwear, or excessive standing can worsen the condition. Identifying flat feet in children involves observing certain signs, such as foot pain, fatigue, or an uneven gait. Although flat feet often do not cause significant issues, severe cases may lead to discomfort and difficulty walking. They may even contribute to other lower limb problems later in life. Management strategies typically focus on alleviating symptoms through supportive footwear, orthotic inserts, or stretching exercises. If your child does not gradually develop arches in their feet, it is suggested that a podiatrist be consulted who can conduct an exam and monitor flat feet.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Matthew McQuaid, DPM of Lake Mendocino Podiatry. Our doctor 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 Lakeport and Ukiah, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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