Do my child's flat feet need to be treated?

What to do about flat feet in kids?While all babies are born without arches, you should see signs of them developing around age 2 or 3. If you do not, your child may have pediatric flat foot. Many times, a supportive pair of shoes along with inserts are enough to help your child’s flat feet receive the support arches would otherwise naturally provide. However, if your child’s heels tilt out when walking, he or she finds shoes uncomfortable, or is shying away from activities or complaining about cramps or pain, a visit to Dr. O is in order. We can determine the extent of your child’s condition and help to determine an appropriate treatment option. This may include stretches and physical therapy, custom orthotics, medication, and/or rest from activities that aggravate the problem. Only in severe cases would surgery be considered. To learn more or to make an appointment with Dr. O to assess your child’s flat feet, you can reach our Parker, Cherry Creek and Castle Pines, and Denver, CO locations at (303) 805-5156.

Dr. Cynthia Oberholtzer-Classen, DPM
Founder and Owner of Podiatry Associates, PC