We perform many different facets of child foot care here at McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group, including pediatric flatfoot treatment when it is needed. As you will see, there are instances where a son or daughter who has low arches will not require care for the condition.
Parents are, as a matter of instinct, highly-attuned to keeping an eye open for anything unusual with their children. This means parents can become concerned when they notice that a son or daughter does not appear to have foot arches. This situation might not be as bad as it seems, though.
There are numerous instances where a case of flatfoot does not cause an issue for a child. If your son or daughter is young enough (3 years or younger), the arches are probably obscured by a padding of fat. If a child is older than 3 and arches are still not present, it might simply be a case of flexible flatfoot.
The foot arches will continue to develop until the age of 8, so this can be fairly common. Even if your child is older, flexible flatfoot might not cause any issues.
However, when there is pain or discomfort, or if your child no longer wants to participate in favorite activities on account of the structural abnormality, pediatric flatfoot treatment is needed. In those cases, some of the options we will explore include:
- Medication. Flat feet can cause pain and inflammation, but nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can relieve discomfort. Always be sure to check with our office before switching medications or starting new ones. We will provide advice and safe dosage amounts for your child.
- Activity modification. As a temporary measure, we may have your child avoid or at least decrease activities that lead to pain.
- Orthotic devices. Our doctors provide custom orthotic devices to improve foot function and support the foot’s structure.
- Physical therapy. We can recommend and demonstrate stretching exercises that are proven to provide relief in many cases.
If your son or daughter suffers from any foot or ankle condition, bring him or her to see us at McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group for the effective podiatric care your child needs. You can schedule an appointment with us online today or call (916) 961-3434 to speak with one of our friendly staff members at our Sacramento, CA area foot doctor office.