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Clark, NJ 07066

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Among the various possible childhood health problems, foot problems often take a back seat. It’s not until they begin to walk, run, and have injuries that make you realize that the feet can have problems. When it comes to feet, the first things you might notice are the way they walk, as well as the way their feet are growing. If you notice that their feet are flat, should you be worried?

Let’s start with some pediatric flat foot facts:

  • Children are born with extra padding on their cute little feet. This makes their feet look flat, but at this point, it’s nothing to be worried about.
  • As they begin to stand and walk, the arch should begin to form.
  • Arches continue to form as children become adults, meaning that childhood flat feet problems can still resolve as they get older.
  • Not all people with flat feet have associated pain or other chronic problems. Some flat-footed people do not have any problems at all.

So when should you be concerned and bring your child in for an evaluation?

  • If the child complains of foot pain where the arch should be. Pain in the feet is never normal and is not part of “growing pains”.
  • If the flat feet cause your child to over-pronate in their ankles when they walk, it could also cause ankle problems. If he or she has pain in the ankles, come see our podiatrist.
  • If your child does not complain of foot or ankle pain, but you notice that they are over-pronating (which would also cause the inner part of the shoe’s outer sole to wear down faster), it is a good idea to consult our podiatrist for preventative measures.

What are some ways to help a child with painful flat feet?

Depending on the severity of the flat feet and symptoms your child experiences, Dr. Brandon Macy might recommend orthotic inserts or custom orthotic devices to correct for flat foot issues. Orthotics will be helpful, especially for children who over-pronate.

Make an appointment to see our board-certified podiatrist, Brandon Macy, DPM at Clark Podiatry Center. He can assess your child’s feet and give them the treatment and care that they need at the New Jersey Children's Foot Health Institute. Come see him at our Clark, NJ office, which serves the surrounding Union County areas. 

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