Did you know that children are usually born with little or no arch in their feet? Before worrying about whether or not your baby has a flatfoot issue, you may want to wait and see how your child’s feet develop over time. As they begin to walk, the tissues along the bottom of the feet begin to tighten and then become arched.
However, when the tissues do not develop into an arch by around 6 years of age, your child might have flatfoot. This is not to say that you should be worried. Some children grow into adulthood without any issues or pain, even with flat feet. They may have to adjust their gait or posture, but others may have no issues. On the other hand, some may develop problems with their ankles, knees, or leg alignment down the line.
When should you bring your child into Fords Foot and Ankle Care to see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Carl Ingrassia? Some children with flat feet will experience tightness in the Achilles tendon, severe rigidity in the foot, sores, and pain when walking. When your child has any of these issues or discomfort, it is best to have Dr. Ingrassia assess and treat your child’s flat feet. Treatment may include stretching and strengthening exercises, orthopedic shoes, and in severe cases with complications, surgery.
Make an appointment at our Fords, NJ office today by calling (732) 738-4441. Our team at Fords Foot and Ankle Care will use the latest technologies and therapies to provide the best care for you and your family.