What to Do about Flat Feet in Children
Three types of foot arches are widely recognized: medium, high, and low (also known as “flat feet”.) Babies’ feet are flat for the first couple of years until they begin walking, at which point they begin to develop arches. After this age, it is important to monitor flat feet in children so that potential treatment plans can be determined if necessary.
Flexible Versus Rigid
Flexible flat feet is the most common form of flat feet and often begins in childhood. This condition is marked by a non-existent arch when standing, but the arch appears when the foot is no longer bearing weight. It will often progress in severity into adulthood and may lead to stretching or tearing of the soft tissues of the arch.
Rigid flat feet is a less common, different condition. In this case, it doesn’t matter if the foot has weight placed upon it or not; it will not have an arch either way. This condition results from a problem with the bones in your feet and is considerably more likely to cause pain and disability.