Why do my child’s flat feet hurt?

Children's hurting flat feetMany types of children’s flat feet don’t cause painful problems. When the low arches are the result of a condition like tarsal coalition, however, it can be quite uncomfortable for your child. Tarsal coalition is a bone abnormality in the middle or back of the foot. Extra bone, cartilage, or other fibrous tissue grows between two of the tarsal bones, connecting them. While your child is young and growing, this connection is usually relatively flexible and painless. As your son or daughter gets older, the bones harden more and the feet mature. This extra tissue hardens as well, making the arch rigid.

A rigid arch isn’t able to accommodate changes in the ground or absorb shock efficiently. This can put a lot of stress on the feet and cause pain when your child stands, walks, or is otherwise active. This isn’t something that improves with time, so if it causes your child pain, it needs to be addressed. Let our team at Podiatry Associates, P.C. in Castle Pines, Cherry Creek in Denver, and Parker, CO help your son or daughter walk without discomfort. Call (303) 805-5156 to make an appointment with us, or find out more through our website.
Dr. Cynthia Oberholtzer-Classen, DPM
Founder and Owner of Podiatry Associates, PC