Carmichael Recreation & Park District has an array of activities for children of all ages. Whether your child is interested in sports, classes, or any of the special events offered, this is a great community resource. When your son or daughter is running around with other kids, you may notice that he or she has flat feet and become concerned.
If your child is under the age of 3 and you cannot see his or her foot arches, there is no need to worry – arches aren’t typically seen before this point in a child’s development. Speaking of development, arches do not fully form until around age 8. This means that if your 7-year-old has flat feet, it still might not be anything to worry about.
There is a condition known as flexible flat foot that is fairly common for children. In this condition, your child may appear to have flat feet when he or she is standing, but the arches become evident when the feet are no longer bearing weight. This situation sometimes exists until the arches completely develop.
As a rule of thumb, if flat feet is not causing your child pain, then treatment is unnecessary. Many people have low arches, experience no symptoms, and still lead normal lives. When the condition does result in pain, or interferes with an ability to perform favorite activities, treatment is necessary. The majority of cases are effectively handled with conservative treatment methods, including stretches, arch supports, or custom orthotic devices.
McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group is here to help your whole family with any foot or ankle condition that causes pain or difficulty. If you have a child in need of care or any questions regarding pediatric foot and ankle care, contact our Carmichael, CA office by calling (916) 961-3434 or use our online form to request your appointment.