Flatfoot is common in both children and adults and may involve either partial or total collapse of the arch. Pediatric flatfoot can be classified as either painful or non-painful and stiff or flexible.
Pain, tenderness, cramping, outward tilting of the heel and collapse of the arch, difficulty with shoes, reduced energy with activities or withdrawal from activities may be observed.
What to Expect When You See the Doctor with Your Child
In diagnosing flatfoot deformity the physician may examine the hip, knee, ankle, and foot to determine any contributing factors. X-rays may be ordered to identify any congenital causes of the deformity.
Often non-painful flatfoot deformity does not require treatment. Treatment for painful conditions may include activity modification, orthotics or physical therapy. Surgery is reserved for severe, painful cases and often rigid deformities.
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