There are five signs your child may have a foot problem:
- Your child cannot keep up with his/her peers.
- Your child withdraws from activities they usually enjoy.
- Your child does not want to show you his feet.
- Your child often trips and falls.
- Your child complains of pain. It is never normal for a child to have foot pain.
Childhood foot facts:
- It is normal for a child’s foot to appear flat up to the age of two. If the foot is flexible and free of pain, then no treatment is necessary. As a child begins to walk (usually 12-14 months of age) they will be unsteady. It is common for a child to walk on their toes at this time. Within a few months they should begin to walk flat on their feet.
- A child’s arch becomes more obvious about three years of age when a fat pad disappears. Upon standing the arch may look low and in most cases, this is completely normal. When a child’s arch is severely flat, coupled with an inward bowing of the ankles and Achilles tendon, they may have a true flexible flatfoot. The arch looks normal when non-weight bearing but appears flat when standing. This condition is not painful but may lead to postural concerns and poor muscle development.
- Any complaint of foot pain from a child should be taken seriously and should be checked by a doctor to rule out a potentially serious condition. In rare cases some children are born with a malformation of the ankle bone that causes a rigid flat foot coupled with a “rocker-bottom” foot. This condition warrants evaluation by a doctor. There are joint problems such as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis that causes foot pain and is a cause for concern.
- Developmental flatfoot is one of the most common conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system in children and teens. It can be a precursor to serious foot dysfunction and often results in some level of disability in the adult foot. Recognizing this condition early will save joints and musculoskeletal issues later in life.
Little steps are prefabricated foot orthoses specifically designed for kids. It is an affordable alternative to expensive custom foot orthotics while creating a prescription-based correction. Little steps promote early intervention and treatment of many musculoskeletal conditions common in children. Sizing ranges from a toddler size 5 through youth/adult size 8.5. Little steps are designed to improve flat feet, balance, coordination, pain, posture and strength.
Call Pueblo Ankle and Foot Care for an appointment. Our competent podiatrists will assess your child’s needs and together with the family, formulate a plan that will accommodate foot growth and encourage a normal gait.
Wendy Taggart, PMAC & Insurance Verification