It’s only natural for parents to take interest in their child’s physical development, but we find one particular concern tends to come up rather frequently, especially with first-time parents. For many new parents, it can be a bit concerning when they notice that their son or daughter has flat feet. The good news is that this is often not a major issue unless certain pediatric flatfoot symptoms are present.
Essentially, if your son or daughter has a flatfoot condition, but is not experiencing any problems, there is no need for treatment. When treatment is necessary, it may ease your mind to know that conservative (nonsurgical) options can be rather effective at addressing any issues.
The symptoms of pediatric flatfoot that indicate a potential problem are:
- Tenderness, cramping, or pain in the lower limbs.
- Changes or awkwardness in the child’s gait cycle.
- An outwards tilting of the heel.
- Voluntary withdrawal from sports or other activities.
- Reduced energy while participating in physical activities.
- Difficulty with shoes.
Although most cases of pediatric flatfoot do not come with painful symptoms and are not cause for alarm, it is important to be aware of these symptoms and know when treatment is needed. If your son or daughter exhibits any pain or doesn’t want to be active, remember that you can always come for an appointment with McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group. We can evaluate the nature of your child’s condition and then determine if medical care is necessary. If so, our doctors will create an effective way to treat the problem.
In addition to pediatric flatfoot, we are proud to offer a wide array of child foot care services for our patients from across the Greater Sacramento community. Some of the common issues that can be experienced by children in their lower limbs include intoeing, ingrown toenails, sports injuries, and Sever’s disease (particularly as children enter adolescence).
If you would like additional information on any child foot issue, or need help scheduling a visit, simply call our Carmichael, CA office at (916) 961-3434 and we will be glad to assist. You can also request an appointment for your son or daughter online today.