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By Clark Podiatry Center
July 24, 2019
Category: flat feet

Having flat feet can be a problem. What is a flat foot? A flat foot is a foot without an arch. For a child, though, it is not uncommon. Flat feet also are known as Pes planus, is seen in 44% of 3 to 6-year-old children. By age 9, though, the arch usually develops, and the condition clears itself. For some, though, this doesn’t occur.

Problems associated with flat feet include:

  • Poor walking gait – feet may roll to the inside causing them to point outward
  • Joint pain – ankles, hips, and knees
  • Exhausted muscles – overuse due to compensating muscles
  • Toe walking – walking on the balls of your feet
  • Unnatural development of the foot  

Basic causes for flat feet include:

  • Low muscle tone – the muscle is too soft or stretchy and doesn’t allow for support
  • High muscle tone – causes a tight or short Achilles tendon which pulls the on foot

Medical conditions which can contribute to a flat foot include cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, juvenile arthritis, and some conditions which affect nerves, which is why it is very important to see your podiatrist. They will be able to assess your condition and determine just why this is occurring.

While having flat feet can be a problem, treatment for a child is not necessary as we said will likely develop over time. If it doesn’t, and your child feels pain, it is important to see your podiatrist. For adults, there are several ways to treat flat feet, which includes:

  • A custom orthotic – gradual addition of layers to build the arch
  • Stretching – focusing on the calf muscle and tendons

Surgery can also be used as treatment. One is called reconstructive surgery, and the other is the implantation of subtalar support for the arch.

If you believe you have flat feet or are concerned about your child’s flat foot or have any other concerns about your feet, please make an appointment with us. Dr. Brandon A. Macy, who is associated with New Jersey Children's Foot Health Institute, will assess your feet and find the appropriate treatments to get you back to being active. Call Clark Podiatry at (732) 382-3470.

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