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Flat Feet in Children

Flat feet is a condition of the foot in which the patient does not present an arch. As a result, the entire foot rests flush against the ground. Children are one group that can be affected by flat feet. Importantly, flat feet can be normal for infants and young children. This is because a young infant’s feet are still growing and developing. Particularly, the foot muscles and soft tissues are still stiffening. If, as your child ages, an arch forms on their feet yet they subsequently experience flat feet and it begins to diminish their quality of life, then it is suggested that they are under the care of a podiatrist. A podiatrist specializes in treating the health of the feet, and they will be able to provide any treatment that your child might potentially need for their flat feet.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Jennifer M. Kern, DPM of South Carolina. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in West Columbia, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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