The condition of flat feet is characterized by the lack of a normal arch formation in either or both of feet. Flat feet in babies is usually not a matter of concern as most babies have flat feet until the age of two years. Typically, a child’s feet start developing a normal arch by the time the child learns to walk.
In very rare instances, the feet may continue to remain flat beyond the age of six. This condition is abnormal and causes a strain on the feet. Children with flat feet complain of foot or ankle pain while walking.
These are some of the common causes of flat feet in children:
- All infants have flexible bones and joints, which cause their feet to flatten when they stand up.
- Tightness of the heel chord can manifest as a flat foot.
- In rare instances, abnormal bone development can cause flat feet.
These are some of the treatments used to help children with flat feet:
- Special footwear
- Devices to realign or support the foot
It is important that parents who are concerned about flat feet in their children consult a doctor or podiatrist.