Our Caring Cherry Hill, NJ & Ridley Park, PA Pediatric Podiatrist Specializes in Children's Foot & Ankle Conditions
PEDIATRIC / ADOLESCENT FOOT CARE
CHILDREN'S FEET SHOULD NOT HURT.
If your son or daughter is not participating as often in sports or in other physical activities or is complaining of foot pain, don't think it's caused by "growing pains". Your son or daughter may have a common developmental foot condition such as flat feet that could be simply treated with a custom foot orthotic.
In addition, parents may observe that their children are often falling or tripping and not able to keep up with normal activities. This may be due to a condition called in-toeing or out-toeing.
Many childhood foot conditions can be helped with custom foot orthotic which is an insert that fits into the shoe that keeps the bones in the feet in their proper alignment. This can eliminate their foot pain and allow normal development as your child matures into adulthood.
So, if your son or daughter is complaining of foot pain, schedule an appointment for an evaluation and help them enjoy healthy happy feet in the years ahead.
People with normal, fully- developed foot arches have a notable upward curve in the middle of the foot. When arches develop fully, the tendons and ligaments in the foot and lower leg help provide support and stabilize it. Flatfeet—also called fallen arche—occurs as the result of an undeveloped or collapsed arch. Most cases of flatfeet are hereditary and are present from birth. In other cases, flatfeet can develop after an injury or overuse.
Flatfeet is a common and usually painless condition in children, though it can cause some arching pain in adolescents and adults. For adults, pain may occur during or after physical activity and there may be some dull pain after long periods of rest. The cause of fallen arch is simple: the tendons and ligaments that support the arch weaken and collapse due to too much stress or overuse.
Signs and Symptoms of Flatfeet
Children whose arches do not develop aren’t always affected by flatfeet. However, some cases of flatfeet can cause problems in other areas of the body—flatfeet has been shown to throw joints out of alignment.
While many adults do not exhibit any outward signs or symptoms that indicate flatfeet, some people may feel some arch pain. More often than not, flatfeet cause noticeable fatigue in the arches, heels, knees, or lower back. Other common symptoms of flatfeet include:
Feet that ache
Difficulty moving the foot
Back or leg pain
Testing for Flatfeet
To find out if you have flatfeet, there is a simple test you can do on your own—all you need is a concrete surface and some water. Start by getting your feet wet, then stand normally on a flat surface. Then, step away from the imprints and evaluate the step marks. People with normal arches will see an imprint with the inside curve of the foot missing. People with flatfeet will see the entire imprint of the bottom of the foot.
Treating flatfeet medically depends on the severity and cause of the problem. It’s important to have flatfeet examined by a podiatrist because it can lead to more serious problems like heel spurs, ankle or knee pain, or arthritis. When flatfeet cause severe pain or begin contributing to other conditions, your doctor may suggest one or more of the following treatments: