Keep in Mind the Early Signs of Flat Feet

Back-to-school shoes are often a necessity on many parents’ shopping lists for a new school year. New shoes should be a reminder for parents to keep in mind the importance of foot health in children, as well as the importance of detecting the condition known as flat feet. Flat feet are characterized by an abnormal collapse of the arch while standing. There are several early signs parents should keep in mind to detect flat feet:  a flat foot arch at age 5 or older, heels that tend to angle outward with a bowing of the Achilles tendon when seen from the back, early leg fatigue or clumsiness during activity, or foot, knee, or ankle pain during or after activity or the middle of the night. Children are also more likely to have flat feet if their parents are flat-footed.

Flat feet can become troublesome for children who want to engage in certain activities or sports. To learn more about the condition, consult with Dr. Charles Chapel of Chapel Podiatry. Dr. Chapel will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

What are Flat Feet?

Flat feet are a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. Standing about 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – if you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms:

Pain around the heel or arch area

Trouble standing on the tip toe.

Swelling around the inside of the ankle.

Flat look to one or both feet.

Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment:

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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