Pediatric Flatfoot

Flatfoot is common in both children and adults. When this deformity occurs in children, it is referred to as “pediatric flatfoot,” a term that actually includes several types of flatfoot. Although there are differences between the various forms of flatfoot, they all share one characteristic – partial or total collapse of the arch.

Most children with flatfoot have no symptoms, but some children have one or more symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they vary according to the type of flatfoot. Some signs and symptoms may include:

Symptoms

  • Pain, tenderness, or cramping in the foot, leg and knee
  • Outward tilting of the heel
  • Awkwardness or changes in walking
  • Difficulty with shoes
  • Reduced energy when participating in physical activates
  • Voluntary withdrawal from physical activates

Flatfoot can be apparent at birth or it may not show up until years later, depending on the type of flatfoot. Some forms of flatfoot occur in one foot only, while others may affect both feet.

Treatment:

  • Activity modifications
  • Orthotic devices
  • Physical Therapy
  • Medications
  • Shoe Modifications
  • In some cases surgery